Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Adams, NH
Trails: Valley Way, Star Lake Trail, Airline
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Wednesday, March 17, 2021
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Pretty busy day @ Appaclachia for a weekday. More or less full a some point. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Ice - Breakable Crust, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Snow - Wet/Sticky, Snow - Spring Snow 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction, Traction, Ice Axe 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: None 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: None 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: One sad but small obedient dog with his head down was following his master up the Airline just below the summit rocks.  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Great day but clearly too warm. Spikes went on at about 2400ft on the way up the VW. Starting to ball up a bit but managable. Above treeline conditions were great. Just above Star Lake switched to crampons/ice axe. Definitely needed give the exposure and bullet proof neve most of the way to the summit. Meet a couple where the man, with only walking crampons and no axe hav lost his footing on the first big snowfield below the summit and slide into a rock some 25ft later. Lucky guy. A fall even with an axe going up or down might end badly. This trail is much steeper than the normal Airline finish to Adams. Airline from Gulfside down was actually pretty good with only a bit of rock to avoid. That won't last much longer however. Once in the woods, the Hillsounds balled up big time immediately and is was bare boot all the way home. On the steeps, the safest technique was butt sliding. Far too steep for my MSR snowshoes where if you lean back at all, you're airborne immediately. No post holing as yet but that is just around the corner given this weekend's forecast.  
Name: downwardbound 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2021-03-18 
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