Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Adams, Mt. Madison, NH
Trails: Perch Path, Israel Ridge Path, Gulfside Trail, Lowe's Path, Air Line, Osgood Trail, Air Line Cutoff, Scar Trail, Watson Path, Brookside, Valley Way, Fallsway, Brookbank, rail trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Friday, September 13, 2019
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: When I returned to Appalachia at 1600 some clown had parked so close to my car I couldn't access the driver's side. The lot was nearly full so expect road parking tomorrow. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: No issues on the falls trails near Appalachia. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Randolph Path sign is missing at southern Israel Ridge junction (reported yesterday). A couple of birch trees are leaning over the trail on Brookside N of Kelton Trail junction. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Didn't see any. 
Bugs: A couple of moths were having a tough time in the cold this morning. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: Nothing. 
Comments: No significant issues on these trail segments other than those noted above. Trails are mostly dry with only some minor mud or standing water encountered once in a while.

After a night at the Perch I broke camp and headed to Mt. Adams. Only one other person on top mid-morning but was soon joined by a few others. Then I dropped down to Madison Hut and did the up and back to Madison. For descent to Appalachia the objective was to check out Brookside, end on the falls trails and NOT take Valley Way. To do this I started on Air Line Cutoff to Air Line for some continued above treeline goodness then onto Scar Trail which has real nice footing. From there I went slightly uphill on Watson Path to Brookside. South of Kelton Trail Brookside is fairly rough while north of the junction is a breeze with excellent footing at a pleasant grade. Alas, to enjoy the falls trails I had to take a very small segment of Valley Way but that's OK: the falls are worth it :)

Quite a few people enjoying the peaks today and why not: the sun was abundant and the skies were blue allowing for fantastic visibility. There was a breeze and bit of chill in the air though. On my ascent of Adams I heard two separate reports of frosted rocks on the trail but I did not see any myself - but I did see a small frozen puddle of water just below the summit. Other than passing two ascending Air Line as I was descending I did not see anyone else below the trees. Another great day roaming the Northern Presidentials.  
Name: HMJ 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2019-09-13 
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