Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Madison, NH
Trails: Howker Ridge Trail, Osgood Trail, Watson Path, Brookside, Kelton Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, August 28, 2021
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Many open spots at Randolph East on Pinkham B Road at 7:00AM 
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 crossings of Bumpus Brook and Snyder Brook were easy on rocks 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Trails in generally good condition. There are a few spots requiring a trim of vegetation on Howker Ridge Trail and the Kelton Trail. The overgrowth does not obscure the pathway so one can still follow the trail. There is one small tree down on the Howker Ridge Trail above the fourth Howk that can be cut with a small saw. The tip of a small downed evergreen extends in to the Kelton Trail between Brookside and the Inlook Trail. The few other tree falls are on or near the ground. Bog bridges near the start of the Howker Ridge Trail were mostly in good condition with only one totally broken log. The Watson Path has improved footing from work performed in recent years. Sign at junction of the Watson Path and Pine Link only indicates the direction of the Pine Link Trail as the sign for the Watson Path is gone (the direction of the Watson Path seems obvious even w/o the sign) 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Saw dogs on summit and the Watson Path. Some dogs may need assistance on a few steep ledges on the Howker Ridge Trail 
Bugs: None 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Enjoyed the RMC trail approaches to Mt Madison. Met no other hikers on Howker Ridge Trail, the Brookside, and Kelton Trail. Thankfully, the rain held off with only a few sprinkles that did not slick up the rock surfaces. There was good visibility beneath the stratus cloud deck. The Watson Path is not recommended on a day forecast to have strong winds from the northwest as it is very exposed. The small cairns on the Watson Path may be difficult to see when the mountain is enshrouded in clouds.  
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2021-08-28 
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