Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Madison, NH
Trails: Great Gulf Trail, Great Gulf Link, Daniel Webster Scout Trail, Osgood Trail, Valley Way, Upper Bruin, Lower Bruin, Watson Path
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, July 31, 2022
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Tons of room at Great Gulf TH at 4:30am and still tons at 10:30 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Easy hops. Had a nice dip in the Peabody at the end  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: One big blowdown pretty early on DWS. Frequent newish blue blazes on top half of DWS  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Wouldn’t be a great dog hike for most dogs with the sharp rocks and vert 
Bugs: None 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Beautiful morning to clean up some redlines on Madison. easy jog to DWS on Great Gulf Link. DWS real easy for awhile until it abruptly goes straight up. Really enjoyed this trail from that point on. Once you hit the Talus the views open up-the trail was easy to follow with lots of fresh blazing on rocks up to the ridge. Never unreasonably steep. above 4,000’ the rocks were pretty slick early from overnight precip and the wind was gusting pretty solid at the top. Saw first hikers going down to hut. Upper Bruin is a pleasant little connector trail, was nice to sneak a peak into King Ravine before turning around to head down to Lower Bruin, which is unremarkable. Once you cross the brook on Watson Path it immediately accents 2000’ pretty quick and direct. The first 1k is the steepest and most unrelenting. above treeline was a bit easier although much rockier obviously. No blazes seen on trail there are lots of smallish cairns to guide you. could be real tough in lots of snow/thick clouds to stay on trail up there but was simple today. tough trail when already a bit gassed but I found it enjoyable nonetheless. Descending Osgood is super rocky and rough, great views above treeline but tough walking. Just above Osgood Tentsite footing improves dramatically so I ran back to car and then sat in the river with a cold beverage. Double Madison day ended up being ~13 miles with 6,100’ vert. Nine redline hikes remaining!  
Name: Spence 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2022-07-31 
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