Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Adams, NH
Trails: Valley Way, Gulfside, Airline
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Wednesday, March 1, 2023
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes:  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Ice - Blue, Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Snow - Drifts 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: All water crossings had stable snow bridges. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes:  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: My hiking companion's snowshoes and (empty) crampon bag fell of his pack somewhere between Madison Hut and the summit of Adams.:( Black MSRs, orange petzl bag. Happy to offer small $ reward, pay for shipping, and send many good hiking vibes your way if you happen upon them.  
Comments: Along with another hiker, we broke out Valley Way from Appalachia Trailhead to Madison Hut. First mile or so up, only a few inches of snow accumulation, easy enough. The last 2.5 miles to the hut, however, had increasing snow accumulation / drift. The steepness of the trail combined with the abundant powder made vertical gain extremely challenging. For every step up, we slid back two or three. Snowshoes and poles are absolute musts. From the hut to Adams, we stuck with snowshoes. The terrain was comparatively easy - hard snow/ice pack, enough to gain plenty of traction. For the decent from Adams back to the hut, we switched to crampons -- a good choice. Then from the Hut back to the trailhead, I wore snowshoes again. The trail is now well broken out -- but given the powdery snow, it will be a slog regardless. Be prepared to slide down the trail, even in mountaineering snowshoes. The decent was a wild ride.  
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2023-03-01 
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