|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Mt. Madison, NH|
||Valley Way, Osgood Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Saturday, December 1, 2018|
|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 |
||Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Unpacked Powder |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||No issues |
|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. |
||Only saw one, and she seemed to be fine. |
|Lost and Found:
||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.”
Disclaimer: Reports are not verified - conditions may vary. Use at own risk. Always be prepared when hiking. Observe all signs. Trail conditions reports are not substitutes for weather reports or common sense.