Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Madison Springs Hut, NH
Trails: Valley Way, Star Lake Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Monday, January 14, 2019
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes:  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Well bridged 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: One blow down half way up Valley way, round about trail packed out but its a little sketchy 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Saw one 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Just missed the sunrise on this one. Lot at 4:50, on trail at 5:20. Back in car at 10:30. First time hiking in the dark like that, sure took some mental energy out of me! The skies started to lighten up, thanks to the lightofthesunandmoon around 7 or so I think (didn't actually check the time) and I was able to turn my headlamp off at that point. After two months of no hiking (normally go at least once, if not twice, a month) my hips weren't too happy with me (I'm the weirdo who walks with his feet pointing outwards so after a few miles with snowshoes, which force my feet to face straight, I decided to skip the actual peak). And I was pretty drained too.

Valley way is a highway, big shout out and thanks to those who packed it out this past weekend. I had snowshoes car to car but honestly microspikes or hillsounds would have completely sufficed. I would have changed but I was a travelin' on, and I won't think twice it's alright.

Got to Madison Spring Hut around 7:45 or 8 or so, spent a good 30, maybe 40, minutes walking around with my pack off just taking pictures and enjoying the view. Valleys ranged from -9 to -13 this morning according to my car and word of mouth but summits were coming in around 10. Clear skies, no wind, all by myself, you bet I spent some time above treeline just taking it in. I'll hit Adams summit next time around, second time ever that I hiked and didn't hit the summit but this is the first time I was truly okay with it. What a great day.

On the way down passed a good ol' ginger bearded man like myself, then passed a barebooter and at last passed Adam. Nice guy he is. Oh and then one other guy too near the lot.  
Name: lightofthesunandmoon 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2019-01-14 
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