|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Mt. Adams, Mt. Madison, NH|
||Airline, Gulfside, Osgood Trail, Valley Way|
|Date of Hike:
||Wednesday, March 17, 2021|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||The parking lot was getting full at 0800 and was even more full when we finished at 1430. |
||Ice - Blue, Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Wet/Sticky, Snow/Ice - Postholes |
||Snowshoes, Light Traction, Traction |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||The small streams are all open, but you can basically step over them. |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||Lots of trees down along Airline and Valley Way. Step overs and duck under galore. |
|Lost and Found:
||What a great day to get out and hike above tree line. Blue skies and warm temperatures. My uncalibrated small thermometer was showing temperatures around 45ºF at the Madison Springs Hut. |
Airline was hard packed until around 4000 ft where the snow became quite unpacked and snowshoes really helped. Almost immediately when you break out of the trees you are treated to a rocky and icy area where traction is needed. The sun over the last few weeks has melted a lot of the snow and the rocks are visible making snow shoes a bit clunky. This continued all the way up to both summits. Where snowfields were present they are solid and you would just walk across the top.
There was a slight win on Adams and that was the coldest part of the day. Madison had zero wind and it was incredibly warm and peaceful on the summit.
The snow around Madison Srings Hut was was starting to get soft and the descent down Valley Way was hard pack with some soft sticky snow starting to form on the top.
||BobTheLoveGoat at yahoo dot com |
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.