Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Jefferson, Mt. Adams, Mt. Madison, NH
Trails: Jewell Trail, Gulfside, Jefferson Loop, Lowe’s Path, Airline, Osgood Trail, Valley Way
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, April 15, 2023
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Plenty at Appalachia ( we dropped a vehicle Friday night). Plenty at cog railway dirt lot. We opted to pay the $10 each to shorten the mileage a little bit. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Ice - Breakable Crust, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable), Mud - Significant, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Unstable), Snow - Spring Snow, Snow/Ice - Postholes, Slush, Snow/Ice - Small Patches 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Small streams on valley way all rock hoppable  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes:  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Only saw maybe 3 pups , two who were heading up to Washington via Jewell who we saw last weekend on the Kinsman’s.  
Bugs: Loads of snow fleas. A few small flying insects , nothing requiring bug dope, yet. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: A pair of Leki trekking/ ski poles found at Madison hut. One of our crew packed them out. I’m not sure if they left them at the Appalachia trailhead or brought them home. If they yours, contact me and I will ask my crew what happened to them. 
Comments: Weather was ripe for the picking to visit my favorite of the dead presidents. Low to no wind and T-shirt temps. Team littlefoot took on the JAM today after getting decent intel about the trails from friends who hiked on Friday. We headed up from Cog station along the tracks and bushwacked into the woods to hit Jewell trail above the high water crossing. Snow was pretty solid in the woods all the way to tree line, we used rock spikes until the trail turned into mostly rocks at tree line. Snow fields after Jefferson required careful stepping which we put spikes back on for. There were spruce traps waiting to grab hikers in some of the snowfields, one of our crew got stuck three times! Most of the above tree line part of the hike was barebooted, mainly rocks. Heading down Valley way was a mess of monorail, postholes, rotting snow and mud. I don’t think snowshoes would’ve help much, but we did use spikes for traction. The upper part of the trail, we were walking in treetops with plenty of branches looking to poke and eye out. There is a lot of snow up there in the woods on Valley, snowshoes might be good for that part if the trail gets softer. it was late in the day when we descended , so it was a bit firmer. PSA: bring sunscreen! We all got a bit fried. The sun reflecting off the snowfields was strong!  
Name: Bradygirl1  
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2023-04-16 
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