Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Adams, Mt. Madison, NH
Trails: Great Gulf Trail, Six Husbands Trail, The Buttress, bushwhack, Airline, Osgood Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Monday, August 28, 2017
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Plenty at Great Gulf TH 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: All bridged or easy hops. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes:  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Lucy had problems only with the Krumholtz 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: There is the tattered remains of a long lost Winter jacket roughly 1/2 of the way up the slide. 
Comments: This was a largely successful effort to find and follow the long abandoned Adams Slide trail. Some trees and brush have been placed in the trail where it leaves the Buttress. Otherwise the slide portion of the trail below the krumholtz is in good or better shape than lots of trails in the Whites. Above the krumholtz (treeline) the cairns are small and spotty but they are still there. When in doubt look to your left for a white rock. Here's the hard part : Quoting from my 1946 AMC guidebook "Near the head of the slide the trail turns E into the forest then heads N and comes out on the great southerly ridge of Mt. Adams." You can't miss the turn to the E because above you are ledges. However the "forest" quickly becomes head high krumholtz - miserable stuff to try to 'whack through - with no sign of the trail that we could find. This went on for about .1 mile before we happened upon a small patch of scree with wonder of wonders remains of the old trail leading above it. Even Lucy the dog had trouble getting through this stuff.

Again from the '46 guide "The Adams Slide trail is referred to as the steepest path of its length in the White Mountains. In 1 1/4 mile it ascends 2,315 feet."

I had the Legend : Georg with me for a rewarding day. Thank you Georg.  
Name: old man and the saw 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2017-08-28 
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