Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Madison, NH
Trails: Pine Link, Howker Ridge Trail, Osgood Trail, Osgood Cutoff, Madison Gulf Trail, Old Jackson Road
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, September 17, 2011
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Parking on Pinkham B road for about 10 cars. PNVC was crowded 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Snow/Ice - Small Patches, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Snow - Trace/Minimal Depth 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: All water crossings on Madison Gulf Trail were easy. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes:  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: I would not think this a good "dog" hike. Not much water on Pine Link and Howkers. Very rocky and slippery above treeline. Excellent water on Madison Gulf. 
Bugs: Hopefully now gone with the freeze up north. We had no issues. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Semi winter conditions. Temperature about 32 when we started. Clothing fluctuated all morning to find the right mix. When we got above treeline on Howkers Ridge there was rime ice and light snow/ice on everything. Traction (even Yak Traks) would have been too much so it was just slow going and making sure you stepped where the sun had hit. Strong winds on top and more of the snow/ice. Coming down, once off the summit the Osgood trail was in direct sun and no issues.
NH AT Done! Thanks Steve.  
Name: KRobi 
E-Mail: robisho at comcast dot net 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2011-09-18 
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