Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Jefferson, NH
Trails: Jewell Trail, Gulfside, Jefferson Loop, Valley Way
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, December 31, 2022
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Parked at the Cog Railway hiker parking lot. Paid the $10.00 per person fee.  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Wet Trail, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Snow - Spring Snow 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Bypassed the water crossing at the Cog Railway by going up by the railway tracks and using the bridge, then taking a short bushwhack to the trail.  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes:  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Best bet is to stay away until there is some cold weather and new snow. Absolutely horrific trail conditions. Rotten spring snow.

The plan was to hike Jefferson, Adams, and Madison. We were able to use snowshoes on the Jewell Trail until we reached tree line. At that point, the trail then became intermittent bare rock, ice, snow, and deep snow. Not enough snow to use snowshoes, but enough snow in places to make the trek an exhausting post-holing nightmare. We were able to briefly put snowshoes on for the segment of Gulfside between Israel Ridge Trail and Thunderstorm Junction, which was the most enjoyable part of the hike.

I ended up passing on Adams summit, but the other 2 people in my group made it to Adams summit. When we met back up at Madison Hut, only 1 continued on the Madison summit.

The decent on Valley Way was crappy, deep post holes, slippery spring snow, mud, running water, ice, etc. We used snowshoes for most of the decent.

Best advice is to find another activity.

Name: Del 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2023-01-01 
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