|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Mt. Madison, Mt. Adams, NH|
||Valley Way, Osgood Trail, Gulfside, Airline|
|Date of Hike:
||Sunday, April 16, 2023|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Easy to park at Appalachia today, multiple spots available |
||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 |
||Snowshoes, Light Traction |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||Valley way crossings open, rock hoppable |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||some blowdowns, at this point easy to climb over |
||We had Ellie today as usual, and she loves shoulder season and loved everything about this hike |
||A decent number of flying non biting insects on Adams summit |
|Lost and Found:
||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!
Disclaimer: Reports are not verified - conditions may vary. Use at own risk. Always be prepared when hiking. Observe all signs. Trail conditions reports are not substitutes for weather reports or common sense.