Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Madison, Mt. Adams, Mt. Jefferson, NH
Trails: Valley Way, Osgood Trail, Gulfside, Airline, Lowe’s Path, Israel Ridge Trail, Jefferson Loop, Castle Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Tuesday, April 4, 2023
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: One car at Bowman, one car at Appalachia, no issues although there’s a monster slush puddle forming at Bowman.  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Ice - Black, Ice - Blue, Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Snow - Drifts, Snow - Wet/Sticky, Snow - Spring Snow, Snow/Ice - Postholes, Snow/Ice - Small Patches 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction, Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: The Israel River still has a nice snowbridge across it.  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Couple of tough blowdowns on Valley Way, waist high. Lots of blowdowns on Castle Trail.  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Lots of exposed rocks and ice up top, might have been a tough day on the paws.  
Bugs: Saw one. Pretended I didn’t.  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: There are a pair of Leki Poles on Osgood. They aren’t collapsed so it didn’t look like they fell off a pack. Forgotten perhaps?  
Comments: Fun day in the northern Presi’s helping Tutu work on her grid. She wore hillsound pros most of the day, I wore my rock spikes. There is some pretty decent ice up above treeline. I would recommend wearing more than microspikes up Madison. Jefferson snowfield is pretty spicy in a few spots, be careful taking that on. Castle Trail is a mess of postholes. We put our snowshoes on about 2/3 of the way down. They wouldn’t have done anything before besides tire out our ankles.  
Name: mmace724  
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2023-04-04 
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