Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Abigail Adams, NH
Trails: Lowe's Path
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Friday, February 21, 2020
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Parking at Lowe's General Store for $1 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Ice - Blue, Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Unpacked Powder 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction, Traction, Snowshoes 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes:  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: A few duck-unders, but trail is in generally good shape 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Mt Abigail Adams (Adams 4)

My objective was to get to treeline today, and then determine if I should continue on or go down. Lowe's Path was broken out and well-packed out. Higher up on the steep section there had been a lot of previous butt-sliding. I used Hillsound trail crampons; on the part that had been smoothed out and iced over by butt sliders, I was glad I wasn't wearing microspikes, though a few hikers ahead of me were wearing microspikes and didn't seem to have any problems. Above treeline, I wasn't sure how much drifting there would be, so I switched to snowshoes, but full crampons or trail crampons would have been better. It was mostly hard, crusty snow that supported your weight and sections of ice, with rocks poking through. The wind was steady but not overwhelming. I swapped out my condensation-soaked face mask for a fresh dry one just before popping out above the trees, and that went a long way in keeping my face warm in the wind. If you were dressed for it, it wasn't a bad day above treeline.  
Name: twinkletoes 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2020-02-21 
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