Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Madison, Mt. Adams, NH
Trails: Valley Way, Osgood Trail, Gulfside, Airline
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, February 20, 2022
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: I got the last pull in spot at Appalachia at 8AM with a few vehicles parrallel parked already. It thinned out somewhat when we returned around 3:15PM. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Ice - Blue, Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction, Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: N/A 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Valley Way is well maintained. A couple delimbed duck-unders and a walk around. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Didn't see any but lots of paw prints on Valley Way.  
Bugs: I think I saw a Snowflea in the parking lot. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: There was an aluminum water bottle lying up against a cairn near the Airline - Gulfside junction. We left it there with in case it belonged to one of those ascending and returning back. 
Comments: A few inches of light powder on a hard packed Valley Way this morning. Light traction was all that was needed and the powder was all but gone upon return. Some frozen post holes to watch out for but easy to avoid if you pay attention.

Osgood had some short sections of blue ice and hard windswept snow but was mostly rock. We stuck with spikes here. Winds were light on Madison, it appeared we hit wind lull just right. Gulfside and Airline up to Adams had significantly more ice and much less rock, I chose to toss on crampons. A brief snow shower broke out just before we hit summit which was nice. The windsds started to pick up a bit once decending Adams that only made us feel better about the decision to not alter our plans and continue south.

A fine alpine day with good company and crossing paths with many friendly hikers. Big congrats to Liam on 573 and 574! See ya tomorrow!  
Name: Kyle L 
E-Mail: kjlanctot g mail 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2022-02-20 
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