Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Madison, Mt. Adams, NH
Trails: Valley Way, Osgood Trail, Gulfside, Airline
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Wednesday, April 17, 2019
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: well maintained, room for lots of cars 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable), Snow - Spring Snow 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction, Traction, Snowshoes 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: On Valley Way the water crossing was rock hoppable 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: A couple of blowdowns on Airline, but some of them will be above head high once the snow pack is melting 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Lucy had no problems, at least that's what she told me 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Valley Way has the difficult side slope to deal with. There I put on my six-pointers. The best way to get through that section is to have crampons with snow plates. With the warming temperatures it is hard to make any traction work unless you have anti-balling plates. Going up Madison I kept my spikes on though I felt I could have done it just barebooting, as there was very little ice to contend with, mostly just rocks. Back at the hut I took off the spikes and barebooted the rest of the hike. Nice running into Ed and his two friends as they were coming down Adams. Again, going up Adams it was easy to just bareboot being careful where to place your feet. It was a perfect day up there today with minimal wind and lots of rime-ice making everything look like deep winter. Airline trail down to Rte. 2 was softening up and allowed me to bareboot. Staying in the center of the trail kept me from any postholing. Overall, a great day up in the northern Presis with a spectacular 360 degree view.  
Name: Georg 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2019-04-17 
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