Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Madison, Mt. Adams, NH
Trails: Valley Way, Osgood Trail, Gulfside, Airline
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, April 16, 2023
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Easy to park at Appalachia today, multiple spots available 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable), Snow - Wet/Sticky, Mud - Significant, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Unstable), Snow - Spring Snow, Snow/Ice - Postholes, Slush 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Valley way crossings open, rock hoppable 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: some blowdowns, at this point easy to climb over 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: We had Ellie today as usual, and she loves shoulder season and loved everything about this hike 
Bugs: A decent number of flying non biting insects on Adams summit 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: It was hot today. 67 on Adams, and it felt like summer.
Dry ground first mile or so on Valley way and then we switched to spikes. Fairly stable snow on ascent, very very narrow monorail (more like a tightrope.) Removed traction at Madison hut and barefooted both Madison and Adams with no issue.
Descent on Airline was a mixed bag as expected. Snow rotting and degrading rapidly. Significant running water on trail in places, as well as mud. I have a feeling with the conditions and weather, that the trail report is good for about 6 hours as things are changing so quickly. The final mile was dry as a bone, very summer like conditions.
Very little hiker traffic today, so while it felt like summer there certainly were not summer crowds!  
Name: Sara 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2023-04-16 
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