Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Madison, NH
Trails: Valley Way, Osgood Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Monday, November 5, 2018
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Appalachia Lot fine with plenty of space 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Ice - Black, Wet Trail, Ice - Blue, Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Leaves - Significant/Slippery, Snow/Ice - Postholes 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: all easily crossed, had to take care with ice-coated rocks 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: 3 blowdowns toward middle section of Valley Way, looked recent. We dragged some smaller limbs off the trail 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Good conditions for Eva--not too cold, not too windy up high, deep snow was packed/consolidated. The ice patches were not an issue for Eva 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Bare trail with wet leaves and lots of running water on lower Valley Way, followed by patchy ice, then a mixture of snow and ice, and approx 2 ft packed/consolidated snow for last 0.5 mile before the hut. We used spikes for the upper part of Valley Way and also on Osgood Trail to the summit. Deep, packed snow (1-2 ft deep) for a very short section in the trees above Madison Hut, then patchy snow/ice on and next to the rocks leading to the summit. Snowshoes not necessary on this day, but spikes very helpful, especially on the descent. Good day out with dramatic clouds gathering over the Carters and making their way to Washington, though we were in the clear all day. We felt lucky that the sleet or rain never materialized. Driving home could see the clouds covering southern Presis but northern Presis still generally clear. Thanks to Joyce and Eva for a great outing.  
Name: Donna D 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2018-11-05 
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