Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Adams, NH
Trails: Air Line, Air Line Cutoff, Gulfside
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, July 23, 2011
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Appalachia overflowing onto Highway 2 when we arrived at 8 a.m. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: n/a 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: No blowdowns. Trails in pretty good shape, considering the rockiness up high.  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Adams is a very, very tough peak for dogs, especially in summer when the wicked sharp gneiss on the summit cone is exposed. Tuckerman and Polly both made it up and back down, but it was quite difficult for them. After the first mile out of Appalachia, there's very little water up to the hut, so carry more than even the usual extra. 
Bugs: Negligible.  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: Found a little nylon container bag on a strap at about 4,200 feet elevation. Left it hanging on a tree.  
Comments: Hoo boy, I should not have taken the dogs up another northern Presi a week after we did Jefferson. By the time we were off the summit cone Tuck's paws were raw and torn. We made it down, but slowly and with a lot of rests and TLC. He's going to be out of commission for at least a couple of weeks, I think.

The first couple of miles were like hiking in the jungle, it was so humid, and I really thought about bailing. But by the time we reached the junction with the Scar Trail the humidity had decreased somewhat and the breeze had picked up.

Windy up high -- the upper, exposed portion of the Air Line was exceptionally windy.

Tough day on the trail for my dogs, but they soldiered through.

Photos at link below.  
Name: The Feathered Hat 
E-Mail: stevebjerklie at yahoo dot com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2011-07-23 
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