Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Adams, Mt. Madison, NH
Trails: Airline, Short Line, Kings Ravine, Chemin Des Dames, Airline Cutoff, Star Lake Trail, Lowes Path, Gulfside, Osgood Trail, Watson Path, Valley Way
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, August 20, 2011
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Appalachia was full at 8:40, I snagged one of the first on the side of rt 2 spots, cars lined up later 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: nothing difficult 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Excellent shape, can't remember any significant issue 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: KR, Chemin Des Dames, Star Lake, Watson not very dog friendly because of holes to China in talus fields 
Bugs: still bring the spray, black flies gave me something to remember the trip by in alpine areas, there was very little wind 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: What a rough rugged beautiful day. The Northern Presi rock hopping takes way longer than normal hiking pace, even (especially) going down.

Chemin Des Dames--I went up it..quite steep, lots of big talus to climb, then a small vertical cave to push pack through first...if you needed to an experience hiker could descend this if needed

Star Lake Trail up Adams--went up it, lots of talus, steep, a few scrambles with nice cracks...not bad, could go in either direction fine

Watson Path-- the surprise of the day, what a rough trail to descend, the upper 2/3 is constant jagged talus hopping, the bottom 1/3 in the trees was reminscent of Zeacliff, the trail has 2200 elevation gain in 1.5 miles, this would be a slog going up

Awesome way to spend about 7 miles constantly above treeline

11 miles, 5300 gain  
Name: John in NH 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2011-08-21 
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