Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Madison, Mt. Adams, Mt. Jefferson, Mt. Washington, Mt. Monroe, Mt. Eisenhower, Mt. Pierce, NH
Trails: Valley Way, Osgood Trail, Gulfside, Lowe's Path, Jefferson Loop, Monroe Loop, Eisenhower Loop, Crawford Path, Webster Cliff Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, April 9, 2023
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes:  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Ice - Blue, Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Wet/Slippery Rock, Ice - Breakable Crust, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable), Snow - Wet/Sticky, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Unstable), Snow/Ice - Postholes, Slush 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction, Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: nothing yet.  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes:  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: with multiple thaw-freeze cycles, the conditions are rapidly changing. Even on the single day, we experienced hard ice in the morning to slush snow in the evening as sun warmed it up. We did entire trip in spikes, but definitely felt crampons could have helped in few spots for sure.

ValleyWay to Madison Hut was easy in spikes. Hut to Madison peak was tricky with icy conditions. From there Gulfside to Adams was easy and again as we approached the ascent of Adams things turned icy.

Onto Jefferson, there were few sketchy spots where I would have felt more comfortable with crampons. But we were able to find alternate routes to skirt around the tricky areas with just spikes. But if you are traversing this zone on a cloudy and cold day, having crampons will be advisable.

Rest of the way, from Jefferson all the way to Highland center was nothing notable or tricky. Standard stuffs - patches of ice, snow and as sun warmed up snow turned into slush and we made made couple of postholes towards the evening.

Path down Pierce is well packed and it is a monorail highway.

My suggestion would be to carry bit more than spikes for the next few weeks if you are attempting Presi Traverse.  
Name: Ashok 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2023-04-10 
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