Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Madison, Mt. Adams, Mt. Jefferson, Mt. Washington, NH
Trails: Howker Ridge Trail, Osgood Trail, Gulfside Trail, Lowe's Path, Loop Trail, Trinity Heights Connector, Crawford Path
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Monday, August 14, 2017
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Left a car near Crawford Notch's Elephant, Howker Ridge lot off of Pinkham B road only had one car in it--room for at least 6 or 7 cars. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Mud - Minor/Avoidable 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: nothing difficult out there easy crossings and most streams were dry 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Some upper sections of the Howker Ridge the spruce could use a little snipping, signs at intersections were ok 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: not much water out there 
Bugs: none 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: Someone left behind boots sitting on top of the trailhead sign for Howker Ridge and Randolph Path. 
Comments: The Howker Ridge Trail is a rugged lovely trail where the odds are heavy you won't meet another soul until you reach Madison (and the nicest part of the Presi Traverse). Howk near Pine Link intersection just happens to be the highpoint of Randolph. Glad to get water at Madison Hut. Lots of people out there along with dozens and dozens of AT thru-hikers. People love to sit and rest in the middle of the trail and on the high points "Am I in your way?". Jefferson and Mt. Washington were mad houses. The line for people waiting for their turn to take a photo with the Mt. Washington summit sign was comical if not down right sad, a 20 minute wait or more (of course none appeared to be hikers). This was a first visit for my ol'college pal and a dream come true for her. Nice weather and we did meet many nice people and happy that so many are having nice outings. We made it Lake of the Clouds just as soup was being served. All 90 beds were full and a dozen or more AT thur hikers slept on the floor of the dining room. Crazy crazy crowded place--we enjoyed a nice sunset and it is swell to wake up at the foot of Monroe. The hut croo was super duper and breakfast was the best.  
Name: Nordic Gal 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2017-08-17 
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