Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Madison, NH
Trails: Pine Link, Howker Ridge Trail, Osgood Trail, Watson Path
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Friday, August 17, 2018
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: First car at 7:30. Lot full at 1:00 return although I only encountered a group of 2 with a dog. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes:  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: A couple step over blowdowns, and a couple walk unders that could be problematic with snowpack. Pine Link needs brushing in places. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Tucker did fine, but there are few scrambles that smaller or less agile dogs may have issues with. Rocks above tree line a very sharp and rough, especially on the trails that get lighter use. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: This is a great, albeit steep, way to ascend Madison. We did a little lollipop loop up Pine and Howker, down Watson back to Pine and down. A couple sections of Pine Link, one before, and one after the Howker stretch follow a running stream bed with moss covered rocks. Very slippery.
I think they missed the forecast as it was sunny and hot the entire hike.
A nice way to skip the crowds on the Feces Way or Conga Line trails. Only saw two people on the trail, and 4 through hikers at the summit.  
Name: Dave K. and Tucker 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2018-08-18 
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