Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Adams, Mt. Madison, NH
Trails: Valley Way, Gulfside, Airline, Osgood Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Tuesday, November 26, 2019
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes:  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow - Drifts, Snow - Wet/Sticky 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Easy 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes:  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs: Snowfleas! 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: We wore snowshoes car to car; however, with the above-freezing temps today, conditions changed dramatically from start to finish. I would still recommend bringing them.

The first mile had seen some traffic yesterday, but after that we broke trail through fresh snow all the way up Valley Way and up Adams. 4-8 inches generally with some deeper drifts (some much deeper). Not really any ice to speak of anywhere. Being first on the trail, we saw lots of critter tracks. The snowshoes were somewhat problematic negotiating the large rocks above treeline, but we thought they were the better choice given current conditions.

We summited Adams first via Airline which was quite sheltered from the westerly winds. We could see them whipping snow across Abigail Adams and Nowell Ridge though! The rime ice and wind art were incredible today, and we were able to get many photos.

On our descent of Adams the winds picked up in intensity. The ascent and descent of Madison was not boring, both of us getting pushed around by the force of the winds. Fortunately it was not cold today.

Lots of snowmelt and consolidation today such that in a few spots it was downright slushy. Saw only 2 others up high so pretty much had the place to ourselves, or so it seemed.  
Name: Snowflea & Fancypants 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2019-11-26 
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