Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Madison, Mt. Adams, NH
Trails: Valley Way, Osgood Trail, Gulfside, Airline
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Thursday, April 11, 2019
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Plenty and plowed 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable), Snow - Spring Snow, Snow/Ice - Postholes 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: All water crossings that were not bridged were easy 1-2-3 step overs. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: With the snow pack so high, a lot of duck unders coming down Airline from pervious year`s storms 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Saw one happy dog. "Cinco":) 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: First 2.5 miles were not a problem at all. 3-5 inches of fresh powder early this morning. I wore snowshoes.
From here to the hut was simply unbelievable. I really like challenges, but with the angle of the slope in this trail, it was just dangerous. With the 3-5 inches of powder on hard crust with a 30 degree slope, not good at all. I was actually at times facing up hill with my snowshoes and moving sideways. There was no way I was going to attempt coming down this trail with all the inertia. Not possible to keep solid footing. I personally would stay way from this trail until some of the melting begins. Airline is a safer alternative right now.

Once I got to the Hut I switched to hillsounds and wore them until I got low on Airline and then switched back to snow shoes so that snow would not ball up on my traction. The trail from the hut to Adams was a mixture of hard pack and 6-9 inches of snow.

Name: Mr Insignificant 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2019-04-11 
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