Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Jefferson, Mt. Adams, NH
Trails: Jewell Trail, Gulfside, Jefferson Loop, Lowe’s Path, Airline, Valley Way
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Monday, January 3, 2022
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: $10 at Cog lot, $5 at Appalachia Trailhead for point to point car drop 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Ice - Blue, Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Drifts, Snow/Ice - Postholes 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction, Ice Axe 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Crossing on Jewell Trail had a snow bridge that is a bit thin, supported for now… 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes:  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: None in the presi’s in these conditions!! 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: 2” new snow from 1/2 allowed for very easy bareboot/spikes all the way to snowfields on back side of Jefferson. Underneath layer was notable for very thick, slick ice - without the snow would’ve definitely needed crampons just to get up Jewell with the rain/melt/refreeze. Snowfields had crusty punchy snow, micro spikes just for added safety but easy enough to dig in to the surface crust. Lots of exposed rock on summits. Had ice axe for snowfields, snowshoes were just along for the ride, could’ve been helpful in places with deeper drifts (knee deep) but variable terrain made us opt for spikes and infrequent postholes (sorry in advance). One other set of footprints before us to lead the way on fresh snow

Jewell trail it’s named
Diamond in the rough it’s famed
Where the Cog is aimed

Fresh snow over ice
Made bare booting oh so nice
And spikes worth their price

The snow from this week
Make the river ice bridge weak
Foot steps slow and meek

Leave not a post hole
To Mount Jefferson is goal
Bring your hiking pole

Turning on Gulfside
The cairns offer a guide
Beware some may hide

Mount Adams next door
Is worth the trek I implore
With views to pay for

Down the Valley Way
Charming trees above you sway
Will tempt you to stay

@the.haiku.hiker for pictures  
Name: Haiku Hiker 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2022-01-03 
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