Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Madison, Mt. Adams, Mt. Sam Adams, NH
Trails: Air Line, Short Line, King Ravine, Chemin Des Dames, Air Line Cutoff, Osgood Trail, Star Lake Trail, Lowes Path, Spur Trail, Randolph Path, Amphibranch, The Link
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, September 16, 2017
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: A quarter of a mile of cars lining US 2 at Appalachia at 8 AM. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Rock hoppable. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Large blowdown blocking Short Line, resulting in lots of herd path activity. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Please don't bring your dogs up high in this area this time of year. The large rocks wear our their legs/hips, the lack of shade and water dehydrates/overheats them, and the rough Northern Presi granite shreds their pads. Still wondering if a beautiful lab made it down safely. 
Bugs: Black flies in a few places, but generally minimal. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Short Line was generally dry. King Ravine had lots of slippery rock and some areas of running water from blown out trail. Chemin des Dames was generally dry, but with some slippery rock in the trees. King Ravine is close to peak color, as the birch are turning gold. Lots of people in King Ravine this morning.
Osgood Trail was a conga line of people. Rather smelly downwind of the Madison Spring Hut. Hut closes on Saturday the 23rd.
Star Lake Trail was a little bit quieter, but the Adams summit was mobbed.
From Thunderstorm Junction, we rock hopped (in a manner to avoid the alpine growth) over to Mt. Sam Adams. Looks like there is a cairned route from the south.
Spur Trail was slippery in places with some erosion. The wooden ladder is long since gone, so one of the ledgy areas is a bit rough. Stunning views of King Ravine from Crag Camp, thanks to the fall colors.
Amphibranch was fairly smooth sailing, as was the lower portion of The Link.  
Name: rocket21, Nordic Gal 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2017-09-17 
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