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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Mt. Madison, NH
Trails
Trails: Valley Way, Osgood Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, December 26, 2020
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes:  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Ice - Black, Snow - Trace/Minimal Depth, Wet Trail, Ice - Blue, Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Wet/Slippery Rock, Ice - Breakable Crust, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Snow - Drifts, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Mud - Significant, Leaves - Significant/Slippery, Snow/Ice - Postholes, Slush, Snow/Ice - Small Patches 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction, Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Unremarkable. The only thing to watch for is ice-slicked rocks. If you have Gore-Tex boots, you might find it preferable to wade on rocks that don't have ice on them. But with a bit of examination, you'll almost certainly find a way.  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Trails were overall fine, but there are some significant (but currently passable) blow-downs. Some of them will present problems with a foot or two of snow on the ground.  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs
Bugs:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: I wasn't expecting to summit, but things panned out and that's what happened. The trail in the lower half is currently mostly dry. Second half is mostly snow. That interstitial bit? Have fun. I ticked a lot of trail conditions boxes only because things run the gamut. It's dry, soggy, icy, snowy... Keep expectations for the day suitably modulated. Enjoy the fact that you're not at the office.

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Name
Name: Protean Wanderer 
E-Mail
E-Mail: hiker@proteanwanderer.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2020-12-26 
Link
Link: http://www.proteanwanderer.com/2020/12/27/trip-report-a-rambunctious-return-to-madison/ 
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