Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Adams, Mt. Madison, NH
Trails: Air Line, Sylvan Way, Amphibrach, Randolph Path, Spur Path, Lowes Path, Gulfside, Osgood Trail, Valley Way, Fallsway
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Monday, July 5, 2021
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: At 6:30AM I got one of the last spots in the Appalachia parking lot. If the lot is full then parking is alongside route 2 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: The brook crossings are not wide. Easy rock hops. However, watch for slippery rocks that may have a moss film or be sloped rather than flat. If care is taken, the crossings should be uneventful 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: No downed trees on trails. Some brushing may be required soon on the Knight's Castle side trail and the Spur Trail above this side trail to the tree line. Tree Line warning sign on the Spur Trail is fading but is still readable. Valley Way has standing/running water on the trail mainly above the junction with the Watson Path. In comparison, the Spur Trail has very little standing/running water. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Saw a couple of friendly dogs. The mica schist rocks may abrade some dog's paws. 
Bugs: No bothersome bugs today. The large bugs on Mt Madison didn't seem to interact with the hikers. Saw lots of slugs on the wet rocks/trees on Valley Way 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: I saw no other hikers from the trailhead to the above tree line stretch on the Spur Trail below Abigail Adams where I met Faye. Thereafter, I met many hikers including a 9 & 10 year old that hiked up King Ravine Trail and a 7 year old that hiked Mt Madison. Saw AT thru hikers, Presidential Range traversers, a guy that biked to Dolly Copp before hiking Madison and Adams, and many others.
The Crag Camp is closed due to COVID. Madison Springs hut is open. The waterfalls were flowing strongly today due to the recent rains; Cold Brook Fall, Chandler Fall, Tama Fall, Upper Salroc, Lower Salroc, and Gordon Fall. Saw lots of Labrador Tea, Mountain Cranberry, and Bunchberry flowers. Clouds in the morning especially in King Ravine. The clouds were less numerous as the day progressed.
To access Valley Way from the hut proceed to the first sign for the Gulfside and Star Lake trails then continue to the second sign for the Air Line Cut-Off and Valley Way.
To continue on the Spur Trail from Crag Camp follow Gray Knob Trail (sign) past new shed. The Spur Trail soon breaks off to the left climbing steeply (Spur Trail sign high on tree)
Be sure to take side trails to interesting points of interest (Cold Brook Fall, Coldspur Ledges, Chandler Fall, Lower Crag, and Knight's Castle)  
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2021-07-05 
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