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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Mt. Washington, Mt. Monroe, Mt. Eisenhower, Mt. Pierce, Mt. Clay, Mt. Jefferson, Mt. Adams, Mt. Madison, NH
Trails
Trails: Tuckerman Ravine Trail, Huntington Ravine Trail, Nelson Crag Trail, Tuckerman Ravine Trail, Tuckerman Crossover, Crawford Path, Monroe Loop, Eisenhower Loop, Westside Trail, Gulfside, Clay Loop, Jefferson Loop, Israel Ridge Path, Lowe's Path, Star Lake Trail, Osgood Trail, Osgood Cutoff, Great Gulf Trail, Madison Gulf Trail, Old Jackson Road
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Friday, August 28, 2020
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Plenty of parking at Pinkham Notch at 5:30 AM and 6:30 PM. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: All crossings were low or bridged. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Huntington Ravine Trail had lots of encroaching brush through the Fan, often obscuring the treadway and yellow blazes. Other trails were in excellent shape. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Not suitable for Huntington Ravine or Star Lake Trails due to scrambling and exposure. 
Bugs
Bugs: Almost none. Never considered using spray. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: This was a creative and ambitious way to do a Presidential Traverse without a car spot. Started at Pinkham Notch, climbed Mt. Washington, and crossed over to Lakes of the Clouds. Took the summit loops to the Southern Presidentials on the way to Pierce, then skipped them when heading north via Crawford Path and Westside. Then took the summit loops to the Northern Presidentials on the way to Madison, before the long descent and traverse back to Pinkham Notch. I had a moose delay on the Huntington Ravine Trail a bit above the Raymond Path junction, when I encountered a cow and calf right on the trail after crossing a stream! Huntington Ravine Trail (above the first aid cache) was challenging to follow, due to sparse (or obscured) yellow blazing and overgrown treadway in the Fan. I inadvertently climbed a slide up the wrong drainage for about a tenth of a mile before realizing the error of my ways. If you go a couple of minutes without seeing a blaze (or evident trail) on the Fan, you're probably off-roading. The scrambling itself was challenging and lots of fun, with plenty of traction and holds. All summits were in the clear, with panoramic views the entire day. Ran into plenty of friendly people during the trek, equally enjoying the merciless boulder hopping throughout the Northern Presidentials. Probably wouldn't descend Star Lake from Adams again- never seemed unsafe, but the steepness, areas of exposure, and poor footing made it a very tedious trip down. All told, this was about 29.6 miles and 10350' elevation gain.  
Name
Name: Jason 
E-Mail
E-Mail: kurlando7@hotmail.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2020-08-29 
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