Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Madison, Mt. Adams, NH
Trails: Valley Way, Gulfside, Osgood Trail, Airline, Upper Bruin
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Monday, December 12, 2011
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Appalachia lot was plowed with lots of space. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Ice - Black, Ice - Blue, Wet/Slippery Rock, Snow - Drifts 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction, Goggles 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Step-acrosses on Valley Way have some ice, water still flowing. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes:  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: One pretty robust and happy retriever was enjoying Madison and Adams.  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Valley Way up to Randolph Path, light packed snow, ice, rocks and dirt. More ice as you go up, but much can be stepped around. Snow got suddenly deeper around the Watson Path jct. Put on microspikes at Valley Way Tentsite and left them on all day. We met two other hikers, both with 'spikes. One of our group used "screwboots" (winter boots with machine screws in the soles) which seemed good for the mixed ground. Above treeline there were some drifts, especially on Adams, that you needed to be careful with in order to not find unexpected voids between rocks. Pretty good conditions for the season -- not very cold, moderate winds earlier that diminished through the day. Madison had the most wind (though a hiker we met measured 45 mph on Adams this a.m.), and also still had the very healthy looking cow moose that seems to have moved into the near-hut spruce/fir.

Great bluebird day for me and Ed Hawkins to accompany Bruce Pfendler as he FINISHED THE GRID (All 48 NH 4,000 footers in all 12 months of the year ) at Mt. Adams. Well Done!  
Name: Drew Petersen 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2011-12-12 
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