Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Madison, Mt. Adams, NH
Trails: Valley Way, Osgood Trail, Gulfside, Airline, Lowes Path
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Wednesday, April 29, 2020
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Parked at Appalachia-no others at the start seven vehicles when I returned  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Snow - Trace/Minimal Depth, Wet Trail, Ice - Blue, Ice - Breakable Crust, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Snow - Drifts, Snow - Wet/Sticky, Mud - Significant, Snow - Spring Snow, Snow/Ice - Postholes, Snow/Ice - Small Patches 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction, Traction, Ice Axe 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes:  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Valley Way has a few blowdowns as well as Airline Trail. For the most part no issue stepping around.  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: There is a hanging nanospike on valley way 3/4 of the way up 
Comments: Awesome day for these two. Started bareboot until 2200 ft where snow depth was approximately 3 inches and quickly increased in some spots up to 24 inches or deeper at higher elevations. The trail was unbroken and snow was somewhat crusty turning to powder at 3300 ft. Valley way trail was highly angled above the tensite. The ascent to Mt Madison was challenging as well with heavy drifting until just below the summit. From the hut to Mt Adams was much easier with minor drifts and much lower snow levels. Near the summit there is light snow covering blue ice. Snowshoes no problem. It looked like another hiker had come over from Mt Jefferson.After descending via Lowes Path to Gulfside I put crampons on shortly after intersection with Airline for about 1000 ft. Switched back to to snowshoes until intersection of Airline and Randolph Path. A HUGE THANKS to the group of four and the single hiker that broke out Airline! Please don't let the bare ground fool you- its still full on winter up high.

Name: Namaste  
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2020-04-29 
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