Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Madison, Mt. Adams, NH
Trails: Fallsway, Valley Way, Watson Path, Osgood Trail, Star Lake Trail, Airline, Upper Bruin Trail, Lower Bruin Trail, Brookside, Brookbank
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, October 1, 2023
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Appalachia was already overflowing at 7:30. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Rock hoppable 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Stepover on Fallsway. One leaner on Watson. Took out a blowdown on Upper Bruin. A few larger ones on Brookside. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: I don't recommend taking dogs above treeline in the Northerns due to the sharp, jagged rock. 
Bugs: Minimal 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Trails were mostly dry (even the stretch of Star Lake Trail that often has water running across it was basically dry). Some minor mud on some of the trails near the brooks. Some nasty, slippery rock one short stretch of Brookbank (smooth/slippery). Some fresh leaves to contend with up high as well.

Watson/Bruins/Brooks were quieter than the relatively busy Valley Way/Airline, though I've never been a fan of the poor footing on upper Watson Path.

Madison Hut is closed/boarded up for the year.

Foliage is nearly peak in some of the ravines and on the slopes of Randolph/Crescent. Decent reds, oranges, and golds.

Though temperatures were in the 40s early, they warmed up to the 70s by the afternoon down low. A little breezy on the summits, but otherwise fairly tame. Views obscured by wildfire smoke to the west.  
Name: rocket21 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2023-10-01 
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