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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Mt. Madison, NH
Trails
Trails: Valley Way, Brookside Trail, Watson Path, Osgood Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: One car there when I started, 3 when I finished. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Snow - Trace/Minimal Depth, Wet Trail, Ice - Breakable Crust, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: All rock hoppable 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: A couple blow downs along Brookside, nothing serious. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs
Bugs:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: Brutal summit conditions. Started hiking in the rain, by the time I hit Watson Path things had cleared up but above treeline was WICKED windy and completely socked in. Couldn't see much at all. Started at 9AM sharp and finished at 1:45. Spent probably an hour or more above treeline scrambling around, the rocks are covered in 1 inch of powder and a thin layer of ice. Very difficult following the trail with such low visibility and beyond that I didn't put my spikes on. They'd have been a decent idea but there isn't enough ice/snow for them to grab and using them on rocks sucks (as we should all know). No view at the summit unless clouds opened up. Was alone alllll day until I hit the parking lot when I finished and two guys had just shown up to head up to the shelter for the night. Overall it wasn't a super great hike, pretty disappointing but I can always go back another day.  
Name
Name: lightofthesunandmoon 
E-Mail
E-Mail: joshuawglover@gmail.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2018-10-18 
Link
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