Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Madison, Mt. Adams, Mt. Jefferson, NH
Trails: Valley Way, Gulfside
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, January 27, 2018
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes:  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Ice - Breakable Crust, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable), Snow/Ice - Postholes 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction, Traction, Ice Axe 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Ice flows over Valley Way, easy to navigate. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Only one blowdown on Valley Way,not cleared I found it with my head, since I was busily looking at the tracks on the trail and not where I was going :-) 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: None, too windy. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: Lost my black balaclava near the summit of Adams, torn off my pack by the wind. If you find it, enjoy,it's large, warm and awesome.  
Comments: Valley Way is in Very Good condition, Spikes are sufficient
Madison was mostly bare rock, so I bare booted it.
Adams via Airline was a rock, ice and rime frost. I bare booted the bottom have and put on spikes when the rime frost became more prevalent.
Gulfside from Thunderstorm junction is mostly ice and rock with a couple of easy snow fields until you get to Edmonds's Col. Spikes are sufficient.
Edmand's Col to the summit of Jefferson. I wore crampons do to the ice flows on the trail and the very steep,hard snow field requires crampons AND an ice axe. I stupidly left my axe in the car, and my Hillsound Pro's were barely adequate for the snow field. A group ahead of me used spikes and one them fell/tumbled down bruising himself, his face and tearing one of his spikes. He was lucky it wasn't much worse!
After the steep snow field. There's pretty good coverage the rest of the way up to Jefferson, so you could switch to spikes. I turned around at the summit, so I can't speak to conditions beyond.
Winds were gusting around 77 MPH at the summit, but temps were in the mid 20's which meant I was hiking most of the day without head covering and the Artic clothing was safely tucked away in the pack. Beautiful albeit windy day on the Northern Presidentials!  
Name: Jack 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2018-01-29 
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