Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks None, NH
Trails: Madison Gulf Trail, Parapet, Osgood Trail, Osgood Cutoff
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Thursday, June 1, 2023
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: I parked on the Auto Road at the 2 mile marker where there are designated parking spaces (had to pay Auto Road fee $40) 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Mud - Minor/Avoidable 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Lots of little water crossings on Madison Gulf, all rock-hoppable 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: I don't remember anything that required going off trail 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs: Yes, even at elevation : ( 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Did NOT summit Madison. My goal was not to summit Madison but to hike the length Madison Gulf trail which starts at mile marker 2 on the Mt. Washington Auto Road. This trail descends mostly down to the suspension bridge that crosses the West Branch of the Peabody River. Lots of opportunities to get extra water on Madison Gulf until you get to about 4000 feet. Madison Gulf is not blazed but didn't have much problem finding the trail, only a couple of place where I had to look for it. This trail is on the Terrifying 25 list and there are a bunch of scrambles in the upper sections. There was also a section with water and moss but with careful stepping, it is okay. There were a few spotty areas of snow left but not enough to matter. You come out of the trees a short distance from the junction with Parapet, then I was in the sun until Osgood dropped back into the trees. I had filtered a couple of extra liters because it was a hot day. No other water that I noticed until I got back down near the Osgood Tent site area. This hike was about 10 miles and about 3500 feet of gain.  
Name: KittE 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2023-06-02 
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