Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Madison, NH
Trails: Howker Ridge Trail, Osgood Trail, Airline Cutoff, Airline, Randolph Path
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Friday, October 27, 2023
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Parked at Randolph East trailhead, there were only a handful of cars here but it is a small lot.  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Leaves - Significant/Slippery 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: all water was fairly low and easy to rock hop 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Areas higher up along Hocker Ridge trail and even a bit on Airline Cutoff were surprisingly a bit overgrown where you had to push past branches in spots 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs: some annoying small flying bugs but I'm sure they will all be gone with the cooler weather by the time anyone reads this 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Started the day at Randolph East trailhead and worked by way up Howker ridge trail. Only saw one other person along the entire trail. Trail was surprisingly dry perhaps one of the driest I've seen in the Whites in the past few weeks. Some areas past about mile 2 up to the treeline on Hawker ridge trail were a bit overgrown where you had to push past branches to continue on the trail. Not a problem but more than I'm used to on most 4000 footer trails. Otherwise Howker Ridge provided excellent views above the treeline all the way up to the summit of Madison. On the way down took Airline to Randolph path, it was a nice loop, not much to note on the way down other than heavy leaf accumulation once you got into the deciduous areas seemed to hide a lot of rocks and mud which wasn't always great.  
Name: Marshall 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2023-10-29 
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