|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Mt. Madison, Mt. Adams, NH|
||Valley Way, Osgood Trail, Gulfside, Airline, Lowes Path|
|Date of Hike:
||Wednesday, April 29, 2020|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Parked at Appalachia-no others at the start seven vehicles when I returned |
||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 |
||Snowshoes, Light Traction, Traction, Ice Axe |
|Water Crossing Notes:
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||Valley Way has a few blowdowns as well as Airline Trail. For the most part no issue stepping around.
|Lost and Found:
||There is a hanging nanospike on valley way 3/4 of the way up ||
||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. |
Disclaimer: Reports are not verified - conditions may vary. Use at own risk. Always be prepared when hiking. Observe all signs. Trail conditions reports are not substitutes for weather reports or common sense.