Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Madison, NH
Trails: Valley Way, Gulfside Trail, Osgood Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Wednesday, May 2, 2018
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Three other vehicles at Appalachia on my arrival at 2:10 pm; only one other vehicle remained on my return at 8:05 pm.  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Wet Trail, Ice - Blue, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Snow - Wet/Sticky, Mud - Significant, Snow - Spring Snow, Snow/Ice - Postholes, Slush, Snow/Ice - Small Patches 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: All rock hoppable if you pay attention 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Someone did some really fine blowdown removal on Valley Way above and below lower connector to Watson Path, even rounding off the edges of the cut trunks (must have used a chain saw?); three blow downs that remain can be climbed over.  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: NA 
Bugs: A few mosquitoes, not biting; billions and billions of snow fleas  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: A pair of gloves and one nice insulated mitton; please describe with an email address in an "attempt post," and I will reply. 
Comments: Trails in great shape. Bare-booted all the way up and part way down, then went with microspikes for about a mile near bottom. Blazes near top of Valley Way near boot level. Summit cone mostly bare rock. Snowshoes got a free ride up and down. There are not really any monorails yet, "stable" or "unstable," but there is hard-packed ice in the middle of the bottom mile or so of Valley Way, and there are lots of post holes to the sides of the frozen track on the upper part of Valley Way, presumably by bare booters who do not understand the concept of walking on the frozen middle part of the trail.  
Name: HFKA Dr D 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2018-05-02 
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