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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Mt. Madison, NH
Trails
Trails: Valley Way, Osgood Trail, Watson Path
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Monday, January 7, 2019
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: 4 other cars at Appalachia at 11am. Only 2 others remained at 2:30 pm. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Ice - Black, Ice - Blue, Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Ice - Breakable Crust, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Snow - Drifts 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction, Traction, Snowshoes 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Easily rock hopped or have a snow bridge. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: A few blowdowns, especially on Watson Path, some with defined detours around them on Valley Way. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs
Bugs:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: Almost had the whole day to myself, only saw a group of two coming down Valley Way as I was ascending, it's nearly unheard of to only encounter 2 others on a day in the Presis. Given the solitude combined with very nice weather by Winter standards and a packed trail, I couldn't have asked for a better day up there. Microspikes were sufficient for summiting, but crampons would've been safer on the above treeline descent via Watson due to the steepness and hardpacked/icy nature of the snowfields. The next round of storms will change conditions up significantly in the coming days however.  
Name
Name: Alex 
E-Mail
E-Mail: alexbooth777@gmail.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2019-01-08 
Link
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