Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Adams, Mt. Madison, NH
Trails: Randolph Path, Short Line, King Ravine, The Subway, Air Line, Gulfside, Osgood Trail, Valley Way
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, September 15, 2018
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: I originally intended to park at Appalachia. I arrived at 7:55AM and found the vehicles parking alongside US route 2 (no surprise). I decided to park at Randolph East where there was only one vehicle. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Mud - Minor/Avoidable 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Snyder Brook crossing on the Randolph Path was easy on rocks. Water level low. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: The only two tree falls were on the Randolph Path. One was on the ground and the other was just above the ground. Neither requires any immediate attention as they are easy to go over. Tree line warning sign on Valley Way is faded. The RMC temp sign at the Gateway is very faded. The sign at the Junction of the Gulfside and Air Line junction is weathered. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Met one dog who went through The Subway and up King Ravine Trail with some assistance by the owner. The dog was of a good disposition. I would not recommend that most dogs attempt The Subway. Only dogs capable of climbing over boulders should venture in to King Ravine. 
Bugs: Some bugs flying around the summit of Mt Adams but they were not too much of a bother. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: It had been quite some time since I hiked King Ravine. Expect to climb over large boulders on the King Ravine Trail even if you skip The Subway and Ice Cave Loop. There are holes between the boulders. I would not use King Ravine Trail on a wet day. Shorter hikers will have more difficulty getting over the boulders but have an advantage in getting through the boulder caves. I went off trail a bit on The Subway and climbed through a cave not on the trail. Watch carefully for the yellow blazes on The Subway. I ended up falling in a hole between the boulders on The Subway which I mistakenly thought was solid ground under some evergreen boughs. Luckily it was just bruises. Another hiker banged his ankle (possibly at the same spot) but he was also not immobilized. The rocks above tree line were dry which provided good footing. However, there are some rocks that roll or tilt in some places. Many of the rocks on Valley Way are wet and require care to avoid slippage (especially on descent).
The views were spectacular today. Met many hikers today. Good to talk with Ginger and Casey on the descent.  
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Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2018-09-15 
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