Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Madison, NH
Trails: Valley Way, Osgood Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Tuesday, November 29, 2022
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Lot mostly empty  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Ice - Black, Wet Trail, Ice - Blue, Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Wet/Slippery Rock, Ice - Breakable Crust, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Mud - Minor/Avoidable 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Only tiny short rock hop streams 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Big walk around blowdown nearish the jct w/Lower Bruin that needs to get cutdown 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: N/A 
Bugs: N/A 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: N/A 
Comments: That delightful, ugly shoulder season mess of mixed conditions of streams/ice/snow/mud in trail has crept up from 2500' to 3500' after a couple days of warm temps and melting. Decent amount of melting was observed between ascent and descent, lots of extremely slick black ice between 2500' and the Lower Bruin jct with the icy ledges from this jct down to the Watson Path jct make microspikes a must for safety. Went car to car w/spikes but could prob get up nearish top of Fallsway to bottom of Brookside area w/bareboots. Above 3500' good snowcover in the vast majority of trail where a stream doesn't cross that mostly fills in the rocks w/snow coverage becoming almost complete above the Upper Bruin jct. Note that rocks refers to those in the trail footbed and not the larger boulders/steps. Gulfside heading towards Airline was well broken out, Airline Cutoff was partially broken w/significant drift coverage as were Scar Trail, Watson Path in both directions, and Lower Bruin. Almost no coverage for trails in the lower Snyder Brook Valley below/North of the Randolph path crossing at 2000'. Tomorrows storm will have rain in the valleys, so base conditions should remain about the same, transitioning into snow at elevation with the shoulder season to winter crossover elevation likely increasing or decreasing a couple hundred feet in elevation from 3500'. Osgood Trail has good snow coverage in the small band of shrub near the hut then is pretty bony with the occasional driftier spot of crusty snow to the summit, route is established pretty close to the cairns  
Name: Heat Lightning 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2022-11-29 
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