Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Adams, Mt. Jefferson, NH
Trails: Airline, Israel Ridge Path, Gulfside, Jefferson Loop, Jewell Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, December 10, 2022
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Just a couple of cars at the Ammo and a few at Appalachia. The road to the cog was clear and dry until right before the ammo parking lot where it was a little icy. When we returned to the car later that day the entire stretch of road was heavily sanded. On the drive between the trailheads on Rt 115 (around 5 am) there was what looked to have been a horrible accident - emergency crews everywhere. Hope the driver and any passengers are ok. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Ice - Black, Snow - Trace/Minimal Depth, Ice - Blue, Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Ice - Breakable Crust, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Snow/Ice - Postholes, Snow/Ice - Small Patches 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction, Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: N/A 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes:  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Saw two dogs heading towards Jefferson from the north. We headed down before they arrived to the summit 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: If you are comfortable navigating ice and ice floes on inclines/declines, you will be fine with kahtoolas and hillsound microspikes. Right now it's just a good idea to carry crampons in your pack (and zip ties as well). We mostly used our kahtoolas on the more boney, rockier sections and our hillsounds where we needed it - i.e. ice floes, blue ice, etc. We started in bare boots heading up airline. We hit some ice and put on our Kahtoolas until an icy section just below the scar trail where we switched to Hillsounds. Things became boney again when we hit treeline and we switched back to kahtoolas. Hit some icy sections just below the Adams summit and switched back to Hillsounds - lather, rinse, repeat. As we descended Adams the wind died down (for the rest of the day) and we headed over to Edmonds col. Some sections were filled in while there were sections of post holing through crust. We need more snow. We reached the Jefferson snow field and saw barely-noticeable tracks where one person had traversed it. After checking it for ourselves, we felt more comfortable going up and over, then rejoining the trail from above. I used Hillsounds heading up after Edmonds col while my hiking partner used kahtoolas. I kept my Hillsounds on until Jewell. No problem navigating down Jewell - cairns are very visible and lots of tracks to follow. An absolutely stellar day to be in the Presi's.  
Name: BubblesTheHiker 
E-Mail: kdoer @ 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2022-12-10 
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