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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Mt. Madison, Mt. Adams, NH
Trails
Trails: Valley Way, Osgood Trail, Gulfside, Airline
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, March 21, 2021
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Parked at the Apalacia lot. Completely plowed and lot was dry. I arrived around 6:30am and there were two spots open, I took one and there was someone else just after me. When I returned and left, there were so many cars parked on the side of the road in both directions. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Snow - Wet/Sticky 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction, Snowshoes 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: The few on Valley Way are either bridged or easy to step over. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: About 7 or 8 blow downs. All easy to duck under or step over. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Saw quite a few very happy doggos out today, all having lots of fun. 
Bugs
Bugs: Saw one flying past me as I was almost back to the trailhead. Did not notice what kind. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: Nothing lost, nothing found. 
 
Comments
Comments: Hillsound Trail Crampons start to finish, snow shoes went for a ride. I saw a variety of traction options being used today. Saw quite a lot of full crampons, some in snow shoes and some in spikes/trail crampons. I personally would not have used spikes today. Valley Way was very well packed, some frozen post holes, mostly off to the side. There was one solid ice section, but fine with the trail crampons. Very small soft sections closer to the Hut, and around the hut. Solid up to Madison. Small soft section from the hut getting onto the Gulfside. The Gulfside and Airline up to Adams was mostly a hard crust, a few small soft patches, and a few icy sections closer to the summit, trail crampons were fine. On the descent, Valley Way was a little soft in some areas, and a little slushy in some areas, but still solid underneath and the only post holes were the same frozen ones from the start. Beautiful morning in the Presi's, and a lot of friendly folks out enjoying the day!  
Name
Name: Marylyn Styles 
E-Mail
E-Mail: marylynstyles@gmail.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2021-03-21 
Link
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