Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Madison, NH
Trails: Howker Ridge Trail, Gulfside, Valley Way, Lower Bruin Trail, Brookside, Kelton Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, June 1, 2019
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: 3 cars total at 9 AM. About 10 at 4 PM 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Snow - Spring Snow, Snow/Ice - Small Patches 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: One on Howker and one on Kelton, both easily rock hopped. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Howker ,especially before and after the first “Howk” is full of difficult blowdowns. Lower Bruin and Brookside are also a big mess of blowdowns. Lots of attention needed. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs: Lots of black flies and mosquitoes down low in the afternoon 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: What a long and wild loop we did. Howker was beautiful but a big mess. Tons and tons of old and fresh moose scat around the first “Howk.” Those views are legit though. Madison summit was nice as usual, the hut was SWAMPED with people. Lower Bruin had a huge blowdown section, the trail does not go through it but to the side after some searching. Dome rock was a nice view but buggy. Good redlining today. Nice to chat with Carolyn during our post hike beer.  
Name: Strider and JoMama 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2019-06-04 
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