|Hiking Trail Conditions Report
|Mt. Madison, NH
|Howker Ridge Trail, Osgood Trail, Airline Cutoff, Airline, Randolph Path
|Date of Hike:
|Friday, October 27, 2023
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
|Parked at Randolph East trailhead, there were only a handful of cars here but it is a small lot.
|Dry Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Leaves - Significant/Slippery
|Water Crossing Notes:
|all water was fairly low and easy to rock hop
|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
|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:
|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.
Disclaimer: Reports are not verified - conditions may vary. Use at own risk. Always be prepared when hiking. Observe all signs. Trail conditions reports are not substitutes for weather reports or common sense.