Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Madison, NH
Trails: Air Line, Air Line Cutoff, Osgood Trail, Valley Way
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, July 2, 2023
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Thanks to the rainy weather, I easily found a parking spot in the Appalachia lot despite not getting there until almost 8 AM. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Mud - Significant 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: No issues rock-hopping the only significant crossing (on Valley Way). 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: A couple blowdowns on Air Line, but they had beaten paths around them. No problems otherwise 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Rained for the entire hike, with some fairly heavy rain above treeline, which made for some very wet trail conditions. Going up Air Line and down Valley Way was fairly straightforward- just had to watch my footing on some of the steeper and muddier spots. Descending the summit cone of Mt. Madison was more slow-going due to all the wet rocks that would've been a recipe for some serious hurt if I slipped and fell on one.

Despite all the rain and dense clouds/fog, somehow the summit of Mount Madison was not in the clouds when I reached it, so I was able to get some pretty decent views from the summit! Felt weird being that high up (5,367 ft) and not in the clouds, and knowing that many much lower mountains were completely engulfed in clouds.  
Name: Spencer 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2023-07-02 
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