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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Mt. Madison, Mt. Adams, Mt. Jefferson, Mt. Washington, Mt. Monroe, Mt. Eisenhower, Mt. Pierce, Mt. Jackson, NH
Trails
Trails: Valley Way, Watson Path, Gulfside, Lowes Path, Jefferson Loop, Crawford Path, Eisenhower Loop, Webster Cliff Trail, Webster Jackson Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, March 3, 2018
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: parked at appalachia and webster jackson. no issues 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Ice - Blue, Wet/Slippery Rock, Ice - Breakable Crust, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Snow - Drifts, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Unstable), Snow - Spring Snow, Snow/Ice - Postholes, Slush 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction, Traction, Ice Axe 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Nothing to note  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Blow downs by Mizpah are impressive. And a couple signs blown down on Gulfside, but other than that, everything is great 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Vaya stayed home 
Bugs
Bugs: nothing 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: nada 
 
Comments
Comments: celebrated my wifes 35th trip around the sun with a fantastic presi traverse. 2 totally diff worlds on this hike. The northern presis above tree line are all rime ice with a small coating of snow sticking to it and snow filling in the spaces between all the rocks. where there was no wind there was significant snow piled up in spots. The wind was roaring pretty much on all the summits today but the northern boys stayed in the clouds, except for washington when we summited around 1 it was blue skies and partial undercast....AMAZING! one scare on the trip right before jefferson loop there is a spot where you have to traverse a significant ice flow that goes down a ravine. well....christina happened to slip and fall and slid down about 150-200 ft into the ravine before i ran and dove to catch up and could stop us both with my ice axe.. sounds like something out of a movie, but times like that i wish i was wearing a go pro. we didn't see anyone else until around the summit cone of the pile. about 20 people, all with a guided group i believe, but i know 2 other people were doing a traverse because i continuously saw their footprints all day. Once down to lake of the clouds all of the southern boys were basking in the sun. Monroe still had rime ice and snow, but once you hit Ike there was no more rime ice and lots of green. Crawford path had lots of melting including some mud. once back in the trees the snow was significant again but the monorails are not very stable. Made it to Jackson as the sun was setting to cap off an amazing day. Gaia had us at 14:04 Ryan and Christina

P.S. if you choose to sled down hard packed trails.. please re consider. it forms an ice luge for the people behind you and effects their safety. i understand its fun, but it is in-fact a hiking trail. thank you  
Name
Name: R. Prudhomme 
E-Mail
E-Mail: rmprudhomme@yahoo.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2018-03-03 
Link
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