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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Mt. Madison, Mt. Washington, Mt. Isolation, Owl's Head, NH
Trails
Trails: Valley Way, Appalachian Trail, Davis Path, Nancy Pond Trail, Carrigain Notch Trail, Wilderness Trail, bushwhack, Bondcliff Trail, Franconia Falls Trail, bushwhack, Lincoln Brook Trail, bushwhack, Owl's Head Path, bushwhack, Black Pond Trail, Lincoln Woods Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, September 21, 2019
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes:  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Everything is very low and moving slow. I was able to easily rock hop across the biggest crossing of the East Branch at the site of the former suspension bridge.  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes:  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Plenty of water for them in the pemi, minimal along Davis Path and above treeline in the Presi's 
Bugs
Bugs:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: Davis Path has a few rotted bog bridges not secured down that can swing up at your knees if you hit them just right. Past Isolation spur there are a few overgrown spots of the trail where you are pushing through branches but the trail is not hard to follow at all.

Nancy Pond, Carrigain Notch and Wilderness trails have a few minor step over blowdowns but overall each trail is in excellent shape.

Abandoned Wilderness Trail, Fisherman's Path, Brutus, and Black Pond whacks are all straight forward for those used to following them.

Be on alert for a bear on Owl's Head, he followed me and another hiker, and I was told he briefly took a backpack left at the base of the slide earlier in the day. The bear is taking advantage of lazy hikers dropping their packs or backpackers not hanging food correctly.  
Name
Name: Chris 
E-Mail
E-Mail: cdailey@hpearce.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2019-09-23 
Link
Link: http://dailey7779.blogspot.com/2019/09/gws-mad-isolated-owl-madison-washington.html 
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