Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Madison, NH
Trails: Valley Way, Osgood Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, February 26, 2023
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Only a couple vehicles at Appalachia when we arrived. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Ice - Blue, Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction, Traction, Ice Axe 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes:  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: No obstructions. A few well manicured duck-unders. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Not today. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: I lost a carabiner at the hut. If you find it in May feel free to keep it.  
Comments: Valley Way was firm this morning and in great shape, no ice to deal with currently. Osgood up Madison has a few sections of hard glare ice. I would not try this in micros, but maybe sharp Hillsounds could do if careful. We used crampons for the ascent, E.T. in K10s and I was rocking G12s.

We targeted a brief weather window this morning before the snow to grab Madison and Adams. Luck was not on our side, the winds picked up before we hit the hut and then as soon as we started up Madison the snow started to fly. There were some decent gusts, the wind changing direction multiple times, and blowing snow. Visibility dropped to about 1/16th mi. We made the call to skip on going to Adams and were happy to head back down.

Only saw two others heading up who were going to make a judgment call once to the hut. Otherwise just a few day hikers exploring below the treeline today.

Side note, Randolph Path was lightly broken. Airline from the lot looks well broken.  
Name: Kyle L & E.T. Fudge 
E-Mail: kjlanctot g mail 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2023-02-26 
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