|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Mt. Jefferson, Mt. Adams, Mt. Madison, NH|
||Jewell Trail, Gulfside, Jefferson Loop, Six Husbands Trail, Israel Ridge Path, Lowe's Path, Airline, Valley Way, bushwhack|
|Date of Hike:
||Wednesday, March 10, 2021|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Appalachia was plowed, though full, at 0720. USFS Ammo lot the same (at 0800) |
||Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow - Drifts, Snow/Ice - Postholes |
||Snowshoes, Light Traction |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||All crossings, as of Wednesday, are solidly bridged. |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||If there is ONE constant in winter, its the Sphnix sign on the ground. It's frozen in place this time around. Nothing of note along all trails listed. Some leaners, but I'll give them the benefit of the doubt they'll make a comeback once the snowpack goes away. You got this little guys! |
||Met Carter, whom was having an delightful time, rolling around in the snow on Monticello Lawn |
||Snowfleas! And not the two legged version! |
|Lost and Found:
||A FINE day spent above the forest! While trail conditions likely will be completely different Thurs and Friday, several of us got in on it while it was good. Jewell was a lovely sidewalk to treeline, then it is a mix of balls deep post holes and hard packed wind scarred snow. It was a lovely game of roulette. Snowshoes would not have helped unless you made your own road. The trail does meander from its actual trailbed, but it does get you to were you want to go! The winter cutoff to Gulfside is obvious. Gulfside was hard packed and easy to follow to Jefferson. Monticello Lawn was gorgeous as always.|
I somehow orphaned the 0.2 of Six Husbands and needed the 0.2 connector from Jeff Loop on Gulfside so yeah winter redlining! (Or is that a fauxpas?). The snowfields have filled in quite nicely since my last visit in January. The current track is really high on the no-fall spot. There was two pucker spots to Edmands' but I obviously lived to fight another day typing this. Trail was a bit ambigious leaving the col to the vicinity of Adams5, but with a little care you can find the firm stuff. Met someone working on their Winter Trailwrights IAO Adams5.
I took the cutoff to the cutoff to Israel Ridge to ascend Adam's and ended up making my own road up. With the amount of squiggles on my track trying to route find, without question I would have failed a sobriety test. The rime ice on the Adam's summit sign was about 2' long and amazing. Ran into hiking royalty up on Adams - Twinkletoes - who also finished her winter TW list! Went for a little ride on the bullet ice on descent of Adams. Girl, I LOVE cheap thrills! Ran into a familiar face at MSH and we hiked up Madison and out together. All in all an amazing day to be outside. Saw several grid finishers, TW finishers, aspiring gridiots, and even a NH500 finisher!
||The Teal Goat |
Disclaimer: Reports are not verified - conditions may vary. Use at own risk. Always be prepared when hiking. Observe all signs. Trail conditions reports are not substitutes for weather reports or common sense.