Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Adams, Mt. Madison, NH
Trails: Air Line, Short Line, Randolph Path, Spur Trail, Lowe's Path, Gulfside, Osgood Trail, Howker Ridge Trail, Sylvan Way, Fallsway
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Friday, June 22, 2018
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Was able to get one of the last spots in Appalachia parking lot at 8:00AM. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: All were easy rock hops 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Many blown downs cleared on Spur Trail and Howker Ridge trails. There is one small (~4" diameter) tree across Howker Ridge Trail which requires one to go down low. Small trees across Chandler Fall and Knight's Castle side trails that are easy to get by. Evergreen branches intruding on pathway on Howker Ridge Trail in several spots but there is no problem locating the trail. Saw the RMC trail working on improving the Short Line trail. The sections of the Spur Trail above tree line were improved by recent trail work. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Saw some dogs on the trail. The Howker Ridge Trail may be challenging for some dogs. 
Bugs: Many black flies especially above tree line. They were not biting. There were large flying insects on the summit of Mt Adams that weren't bothering hikers. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: I ascended via Spur Trail and descended on Howker Ridge Trail. I saw no one else hiking on these two trails. There were some hikers at Crag Camp. I saw many hikers at or around the summits of Mt Adams and Mt Madison. At Crag Camp the Spur and Gray Knob trails leave on the same pathway with the Spur trail turning left in a short distance (signed). There is a lot of moose droppings on the Howker Ridge trail near the first Howk. The ledges were mostly dry on the Howker Ridge Trail which made for secure footing. Great views from the open areas on Friday. Lots of Bunchberries throughout the hike. Same two pairs of Lady Slippers in bloom. Mountain Avens near the Madison Spring hut.  
E-Mail: WAUMBEK at Roadrunner dot com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2018-06-23 
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