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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Mt. Madison, Mt. Adams, NH
Trails
Trails: Valley Way, Osgood Trail, Star Lake Trail, Air Line, Gulfside
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Monday, December 23, 2019
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes:  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Ice - Black, Ice - Blue, Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes:  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes:  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Conditions above tree line would be difficult for dogs. I was happy with my decision to not take Roxie.  
Bugs
Bugs:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: I found a brown, Million Trees, knit hat on Valley Way about a mile from the parking lot. I left it on one of the metal posts at the parking area.  
 
Comments
Comments: I debated on whether to bring snow shoes and decided to bring them just in case. There were some using them but the trail is solidly packed and no need for anything but light traction. Above tree line it’s a mix of rock, ice and snow. The forecast was for clear skies and strong winds and they were right. Winds on Madison were easily 40mph with strong gusts. I took Star Lake up to Adams so not to have the wind in my face going up Gulfside/Airline. Star Lake was a mix of conditions with knee deep snow at times but for very short sections and often with boot tracks. It was a good choice as I came down Airline and Gulfside back to the hut and got pushed around pretty good with the wind at my back. Once below tree line wind was not an issue and it was quite warm....45 degrees when I got back to my car at 2pm.
Only Jefferson left for December.  
Name
Name: Steve C 
E-Mail
E-Mail: stephenfcorcoran@gmail.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2019-12-24 
Link
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