Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks The Knights Castle, Mt. Adams, Mt. Abigail Adams, Grey Knob, Crag Camp, NH
Trails: Valley Way Trail, Airline Trail, The Link, Amphibranch, Coldbrook Falls Spur, Coldbrook Ledge Spur, King's Ravine Trail, The Subway, Great Gully Trail, Lowe's Path, rockhop, Spur Trail, Knight's Castle Spur, Gray Knob Trail, Gray Knob Well Spur, Gulfside, Israel Ridge Path, Randolph Path, Hinks Trail, Chandler Falls Spur
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, June 11, 2022
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Appalachia was overflowing at 0630. Called out a guy who seemed to be scoping out cars (kept walking back and forth, would stop randomly infront of a car and look at his cell phone while facing the cars to peak inside) 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Mud - Minor/Avoidable 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: I had no issue princess feet rockhopping on all crossings along the four thousand trails listed 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: All trails are in pretty good shape. The Subway could GREATLY benefit from a fresh set/additional blazes. My fourth time through and I actually had a few moments of "holy crap where do i go" Very easy to get lost, even with trail sense. I will be emailing the RMC about this as well. Also, the upper half of Great Gully could greatly benefit from a haircut. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: I would really not suggest Great Gully or the Subway for dogs. These are not dog friendly trails. All other trails would be lovely for a dog. Especially Amphibrach. 
Bugs: No bugs all day aside from the last mile. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: A FINE day was had in and above the forest. It was a truly redline day. We found really great conditions through all trails listed, the only issue we had was the twenty minutes of rain slicked up some of the lesser used trails on the way out on tired legs. Amphibrach is an absolute gem and a new favorite way to begin the ascent of Adams (or Jeff). Despite overflowing parking, we saw only a handful of people until we topped out on Gulfside from Great Gully. Cheers to Don, who we met on Great Gully and hung with us to Adams. He was in search of a 'terrifying' day - and asceding the Gully was a fine start. He also hooked me up with some duct tape for my shoe that decided that today was the day that we where going to fall apart, which lasted the entire day of walking on rocks! So thanks Don for saving the day! We also turned around a group of trail runners attempting the Presi Traverse, of course running through alpine vegetation, descending the Great Gully. Had no idea where they where going. Didn't see them on the news this morning so hopefully they made it out. I am sure killing more alpine veg, because gotta have awesome numbers on Strava. We hit Adam's from Thunderstorm Junction in short order, though coming down seemed like a whacky odyssey. There is a bootleg spur there that the cairns become intermixed. We ended up just shooting for Thunderstorm. From here we dropped down Spur Trail, lovely going, to Knight's Castle that offers a commanding view of King's Ravine. From here we dropped to Crag, then over to Grey Knob. Both huts new to me. We then ascended via Lowe's, popping off to grab the true summit of Abigail Adams (Adams 4) for Trailwrights 72. I think I need 2 more for that one! At this point the rain came and it was actually quite cool as it wrapped around the summit cone of Abby. From here we went back, again, to thunderstorm junction and followed Gulfside to Israel Ridge Path, dropping down to Randolph, then to Gray Knob, back to where we had just came from at the Quay junction. I did not care for Grey Knob trail in this section, as its about 1.7 miles of side hilling while rock hopping. Not fun. From here we went down Hinks. I did grab all spur trails along the trails listed, and was really happy I went over to Chandler Falls. That is a stunning, and massive, drop for a waterfall. Just WOW! Zombie mode on Amphibrach on the way out, did not get clotheslined though. Huzzah! Over 6000 gain on the day and lots of new miles of trail. Not bad.  
Name: The Teal Goat 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2022-06-12 
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