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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Mt. Jefferson, Mt. Adams, Mt. Adams 5, NH
Trails
Trails: Caps Ridge Trail, Jefferson Loop, Gulfside, Israel Ridge Path
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Tuesday, September 1, 2020
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Plenty of parking when I arrived (7:30a). When I returned lot had completely filled judging by cars parked along the driveway 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: None 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Overall good. One duck-under on the Caps Ridge Trail 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Saw many people but thankfully dog owners left their dogs at home realizing the steepness along with the seemingly unending boulders and rocks on the trails. 
Bugs
Bugs: none observed 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: Although I’ve done these summits before individually in summer and winter I had never attempted to do both Jefferson and Adams in a single up and back day hike. I knew it would be challenging at my age and it was. Several folks I hoped would join me could not so I went solo, packing additional items in the event I needed to stay out overnight. The most difficult part was re-climbing Mt. Jefferson on the return. I had considered avoiding Jefferson on the return opting for The Cornice but research indicated this was a pretty slow, and longer, rock hopping route. Moreover it wouldn’t have avoided the Caps which were slow to descend. A major feature of the weather this day was the movement of clouds over and around the summits. Mt. Washington was stuck in a cloud ridge most of the day. The other summits were in and out of the clouds. The day started and ended with a strong southwesterly breeze climbing and descending the Caps. Later, an easterly flow of air was forcing (maybe creating) clouds up and over Mt. Adams. This wind direction and moving clouds intensified on the way back to Edmunds Col completely obscuring views in all directions. Fortunately this condition only lasted 20 minutes or less and didn’t affect my return. Started at 7:35a, Mt. Jefferson summit at 9:45a, Mt. Adams at 11:45a and back at trailhead at 4:07p. Stats: 8.5 miles (almost a mile less than distance calculated from maps), vertical rise 4430 ft, descent 4388. Duration of hike 8:33 hrs.

 
Name
Name: Dexhiker 
E-Mail
E-Mail: dexpcdoc@gmail.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2020-09-02 
Link
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