Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Jefferson, Mt. Adams, Mt. Madison, NH
Trails: Airline, Randolph Path, Spur Trail, Hincks Trail, Gray Knob Trail, Gulfside, Jefferson Loop, Israel Ridge Trail, Osgood Trail, Valley Way, Fallsway, Brookbank
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Friday, August 12, 2011
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Crowded but not overflowing when I left. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: rock steps 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Trails in summer shape. Randolph down low stretch had a great footbed, easy hiking. Brookbank too but could use a brushing. Valley Way has the usual deep eroded sections which winter helps to hide, but there seems to be more work done on parts of the trail. Hincks has some real rooty and rocky sections but not a problem going up; I wouldn't want to go down it fast. On a more yuck note, I saw a fair amount of TP off trail in places, like Valley Way. People can be such ....  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: The mighty tough little dog got soaked today when a windswept rain hit us coming back into Edmands Col and over to Adams. He didn't look too happy then, but otherwise it was easy and I hope fun. No hot sun to worry about. We saw a small white dog in the distance that had just been on Jefferson, two other smallish dogs and 1 medium sized. I offered Pepper water but he didn't need it due to the weather. He enjoyed a nice sip and dip early in the hike and then at the end on the Fallsway. There was water up to Gray Knob but none thereafter until the hut. 
Bugs: None. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: I love hiking the Gulfside between Jefferson and Madison for its scenic vistas. The forecast was promising when I decided to take the day off, and okay this morning. The NOAA Quija Board must have been on the fritz. We saw nothing but fog or rain all day until part way down Valley Way.

We didn't see anybody until Jefferson and then saw scattered groups thereafter, most in raingear until we got to the hut.

Synthetics were enough for me while Pepper had to do with his own creations. It was a way better day than sitting in front of the computers. We raced a moose running along Rt3 on the way back and won.  
Name: Pepper and Me 
E-Mail: windriversjohn at 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2011-08-12 
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