Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Madison, Mt. Adams, NH
Trails: Howker Ridge Trail, Osgood Trail, Gulfside, Lowes Path, Spur Trail, Randolph Path
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, July 10, 2011
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Easy parking at Randolph East..there were cars all along route 2 at Appalaichia 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: no issues with any of the minor water crossings on this route 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Howker Ridge in phenomenal shape with much recent trail work evident. Also lots of recent work on Randolph Path with aggressive brushing in places and great water bar clean up...kudos to the maintainers of these trails 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: while we saw a couple of dogs not a good dog hike..lots of sharp rocks and very little water 
Bugs: a few but no issue..Valerie sees them..I don't 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: what a great hike. Howker Ridge an amazing approach route to Madison..pretty sheltered to 5000 feet, great vistas and lots of good foot bed. Saw only 1 person to the summit of Madison but once past the hut the trails got busy including a moose sighting at around 5200 feet off the gulfside trail...just hanging out..we actually got quite close to him..Ran into some friends at Thunderstorm Jct then tagged Adams via Lowes path. Spurr Trail on descent a bit rough in places but in good shape. Randolph Path back to the car was in excellent shape with a great footbed.. Looks like this is shaping up to be a presi summer...another great day above treeline.. Thanks Val  
Name: silverfox,  
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2011-07-10 
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