Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Madison, NH
Trails: Valley Way, Osgood Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, December 1, 2018
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Appalachia parking lot totally plowed and clear. Maybe 15 cars when I got there at 7:15; about 35 cars when I left at 12:45 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Unpacked Powder 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: No issues 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Two significant blowdowns, but easy enough to get around. Many twigs/branches bent over and hanging over the trail. At 5’10”, lots of them were at face or chest height. Keep your head up.  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Only saw one, and she seemed to be fine.  
Bugs: N/A 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: N/A 
Comments: Valley Way is completely broken out. There’s also a well-defined snowshoe track up to Madison summit.

I wore snowshoes car-to-car. Snow is soft, and unconsolidated for a good portion of the trail.

Please, please, please...snowshoes are needed right now. I passed a group of 4, and another group of 3 who were barebooting, and they wrecked the track that was broken out. I can’t wrap my head around why you would venture into the northern Presidentials without snowshoes, especially after it’s been well documented how much snow the area got in the last week.

As a wise man once said: “When you are dead, you don’t know that you are dead. It is difficult only for the other people around you. It’s the same when you are stupid.”  
Name: Chef 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2018-12-01 
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