Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Madison, Mt. Adams, Mt. Jefferson, Mt. Clay, Mt. Washington, Mt. Monroe, Mt. Franklin, Mt. Eisenhower, Mt. Pierce, NH
Trails: Valley Way, Osgood Trail, Gulfside, Airline, Lowes Path, Jefferson Loop, Clay Loop, Trinity Heights Connector, Monroe Loop, Franklin Loop, Crawford Path, Webster Cliff Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, December 3, 2011
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Plenty of room at Appalachia and Highland Center. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Ice - Black, Ice - Blue, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Snow - Trace/Minimal Depth 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Small drainages, easily stepped over. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: No significant issues except for the sign still being down where the Eisenhower and Crawford Path trails intersect. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Pepper's first Presi traverse. A dog should be well conditioned and have tough pads for this hike. Lots of snacks for a long hike. Bring water too, since there's little of it in drinkable form along the ridge. Temps and winds were ideal for a dog. We met one other very nice dog, between Jefferson and Adams. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: What a great day. Pepper gets a traverse with the wonderful Lady of the Traverse-Erica, we met and briefly chatted with two other such Ladys doing it in the other direction, we got to congratulate Wolfgang as he was just about to finish his Grid, and we met some of our favorite hikers hiking with him. The skies cleared, the winds were generally light and only a minor factor if at all. The trails were pretty good as well, with very light snow, usually dry rocks and scenic vistas. Fantastic.

Valley Way had a small stretch of ice trail near the top but otherwise was light snow and rock, the trails on the ridges were a mix of bare rock and light to de minimis snow until we were south of Eisenhower, and found lots of ice stretches filling Crawford Path all the way to near Pierce and then below it. We eventually put on the microspikes but took them off not long after, the ice and running water on Crawford Path below Pierce alternated regularly; a real pain in the butt. The other traverse group said Webster-Jackson was a very icy route needing microspikes.  
Name: Pepper and Me 
E-Mail: windriversjohn at 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2011-12-03 
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