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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Mt. Jefferson, Adams 5, NH
Trails
Trails: Castle Trail, Jefferson Loop, Gulfside, Randolph Path, Israel Ridge Path, Gulfside, Castle Ravine Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, September 23, 2018
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Only 4 cars at 8AM & only 3 cars at our return at 5PM. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: All crossings were rock hops. Only 1 on the Castle trail after the pipeline crossing- head left once in the woods and cross at the sign. We missed that and crossed immediately but eventually found our way. On the way down the Castle Ravine trail crosses the brook numerous times, but they are extremely well marked.  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Big fallen tree blocking the Castle trail right before the split with the Israel Ridge trail at ~1.2 miles from TH. Looked brand new within the last week. No herd path around yet. One broken and rotting bog bridge in the Castle Ravine trail section that coincides with the Link. Otherwise the trails were in excellent shape!  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: none seen today 
Bugs
Bugs: none 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: Perfect day for the Northern peaks and ridges with little wind. Castle trail was pretty above treeline & is an interesting and not overly difficult way to get to Jefferson. Spooked a moose on the flat section near Mt. Bowman (probably spooked us more)! Got some segments of missing trails out of the way for redlining up top since the weather was so good. Castle Ravine trail is no joke for the descent into the ravine, but very doable with care even with my younger one who thought that was the best part of the day. Spectacular views. The old orange "X" marks and cairns made the trail very easy to follow in the scree and boulder fields. Once past roof rock it's an easy grade the rest of the way. Eleventy billion brook crossings on that trail, but all very well marked with blazes and small trail signs with arrows. Did not see another person on the Castle trail until the summit (Jefferson was mobbed though) and then from Edmonds col back to the TH we were by ourselves again.  
Name
Name: The Professor & Mountain Goat 
E-Mail
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Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2018-09-24 
Link
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