Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Adams, Mt. Madison, NH
Trails: Valley Way, Gulfside, Watson Path, Brookside
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Friday, September 11, 2020
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: parked at Appalachia. Got to parking lot at 7:30 am and there were probably a half a dozen spots left. When I returned at 4:15 pm I realized how creative people can be with their parking. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: a few coming down Brookside that were easily rock hopable 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: I felt the trails were in excellent condition thanks to some amazing efforts by the trail crews. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Just saw a few and they were very well behaved. 
Bugs: none at all 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: nothing 
Comments: Once I got to Madison Hut (around 10:30 am) the clouds were covering all of the summits. The clouds remained in place while I summited Adams and I could not see anything. Back to the Hut and headed up Madison, once I got to the summit the clouds blew away and it was a magical view across the Presidentials. I went up Valley Way but descended via Watson and Brookside. It was a clear, dry day so the walk down Watson through the rocks/boulders was okay, but slow and careful. Once I got to the woods the steep incline of the descend down Watson did not moderate. If you are thinking of taking Watson up to the summit of Madison wait for a clear, dry day and be in excellent hiking shape. Brookside was lovely but slow and careful. A few water crossing that might be a problem in high water but were no challenge with the low water we currently have. Even though it's September I took winter hat, gloves and jacket in my pack and until the clouds blew away was happy that I had.  
Name: Bruce 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2020-09-12 
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