Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Quincy Adams, Mt. Adams (attempt), NH
Trails: Airline, Valley Way
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, May 2, 2020
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: only car in Appalachia parking lot at 3am when we started, about 7 cars when we returned at 8:30am.  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Snow - Drifts, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable), Snow - Wet/Sticky, Snow - Spring Snow, Snow/Ice - Postholes, Slush 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction, Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Easy rock hoping, moderately high water but easily passable.  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Moderate blowdown on the lower 2 miles of the airline trail; all easily passable and did not obstruct walking or following the trail.  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs: None  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: water bottle in a wool sock about 1.5 miles up the airline 
Comments: Started hiking at approx. 3am for an Adams sunrise up the airline trail. Barebooted until about 3/4 of a mile in until there was a stable monorail, from then on microspikes were just fine. Broke treeline on airline around 5am where we had intermittent clouds and fog with moderate winds, it is FULL WINTER at 4200 feet and up, be prepared.

My hiker partner was getting very sore and we decided to summit Quincy Adams and then descend to the hut. Beware, between Adams and Madison the drifts are over 6 feet deep and we had some horrific postholing up to our waists every 5 steps. Snowshoes highly recommended but with the spring conditions it was still just gross and hard.

Once we got to the hut we took a rest and then went down valley way which was also posthole conditions with drifts of about 5 feet deep getting shallower overtime. Valley way was very manageable with microspikes below 3600 feet and we barebooted the last mile. All over, very hard day at the top, deep snow and I took a fall near kings ravine that resulted in a 30 foot slide down the mountain hitting a few trees and rocks so Im feeling those bruises today, but completely worth it for the unbeatable morning views!  
Name: Annika Morgan 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2020-05-03 
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