Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Adams, Mt. Madison, NH
Trails: Airline, Star Lake Trail, Osgood Trail, Watson Path, Valley Way
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, May 11, 2019
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Lot totally open 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Ice - Black, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable), Mud - Significant, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Unstable), Snow - Spring Snow, Leaves - Significant/Slippery, Snow/Ice - Postholes 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: No problems, only one crossing on Watson path was slightly tricky to rock hop 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Several blowdowns on Watson Path, all manageable 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs: Absolutely none 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: All trail conditions out there, but the snow is steadily receding... Airline was good until treeline on the way up, just a few patches of soft monorail above 3900 feet that spikes were helpful for. Crazy windy day on 5/11 above treeline (sustained 25mph with gusts enough to knock us over) that along with a thin coating of rime ice/black ice on the rocky mess that is the upper airline trail made it tricky to get to the summit. Star Lake trail was dry at the top of adams but then had long streches of deep wet snow just above Star lake/the hut that we postholed up to our hips a few times. Osgood trail up to the summit of Madison was totally clear, some rime ice on a few rocks but good footing. Likewise coming down Watson trail above treeline was tough due to the wind, but the rocks were pretty dry. Much more snow below treeline than on airline, with stable/unstable monorail and mashed potatoes in stretches down to 3200 feet. Below that--lots of mud and flowing water on the trail. Based on this description, it doesn't really sound like I'm selling it, but it was a glorious day out on the mountain.  
Name: Carole Harbison 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2019-05-12 
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