|Hiking Trail Conditions Report
|Mt. Adams, Mt. Madison, NH
|King Ravine Trail, Chemin des Dames, The Subway, Great Gully Trail, Gulfside, Osgood Trail, Valley Way
|Date of Hike:
|Sunday, August 25, 2019
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
|Lots of cars at Appalachia at 830 am. Parked on the street
|Water Crossing Notes:
|Streams are pretty much nonexistent right now
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
|no bugs to be seen
|Lost and Found:
|Everything was pretty straight forward between Appalachia and the junction with King Ravine. From here, I took the Subway, which involves trusting the traction on your shoes and shimmying in and out of narrow passageways. This part was the most fun out of anything on the whole hike. After that, we ascended King Ravine, which is a scramble up a steep granite staircase. The views of the ravine from here are unmatched. After topping out at the headwall, we descended down Chemin des Dames, which wasn't all that difficult but required careful foot placement due to the large boulders. A misstep here would be unpleasant. This can be tough on the knees for some. After reaching the bottom, we went back up the Great Gully. This one was more overgrown and narrower than King Ravine but similar in the sense that you're scrambling up a granite staircase. You gain 1200' in one mile on this one. There is a section where the trail makes some turns with dropoffs on the edge. While not all that scary, you should still watch your footing. This tops out at thunderstorm junction, where we went up and over Adams. The trek on Gulfside to the hut, and Osgood up to Madison were what you would expect for mid August. Valley Way is an easy descent back to Appalachia. I personally didn't find any of these to be "terrifying", however they are strenuous and exposed and involve lots of rock scrambling and use of hands.
Disclaimer: Reports are not verified - conditions may vary. Use at own risk. Always be prepared when hiking. Observe all signs. Trail conditions reports are not substitutes for weather reports or common sense.