Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Adams, Mt. Madison, NH
Trails: Airline, Short Line, Randolph Path, Spur Trail, Lowes Path, Gulfside, Osgood Trail, Valley Way
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Friday, January 1, 2021
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Appalachia parking lot was near empty at the beginning of the day and was full, but cars were not parking on the road when we finished. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Trace/Minimal Depth, Ice - Blue, Ice - Breakable Crust, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Snow - Drifts, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable), Snow/Ice - Monorail (Unstable) 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Just about all water crossings were frozen with walkable ice bridges. My foot broke through an ice bridge once, but it wasn't bad. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Several fallen trees across the trail which one of co-hikers cut with his trail saw. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Few dogs on the trail. All were very friendly and well behaved. 
Bugs: N/A 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: N/A 
Comments: Amazing day! Winds were minimal and the temps were reasonably warm. We took advantage of the light snow cover by primarily going up the Spur trail to then ascend Mt. Adams. We had to break trail on the Spur Trail for about a mile on either side of the Randolph Mt. Club's Crag Camp. Snow shoes would have helped, but the base snow depth was only a few inches so breaking trail was doable. Once about treeline, the day was incredible! There is not much snow or rime ice above treeline. We were primarily walking on exposed rock on the approaches to Adams and Madison. Micro-Spikes were sufficient for the entire hike.  
Name: DRC 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2021-01-02 
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