Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Madison, NH
Trails: Valley Way, Osgood Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, November 26, 2023
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Not a lot of people were hiking on this absolutely gorgeous Sunday, so the Appalachia lot has a lot of space.  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Ice - Black, Ice - Blue, Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Snow - Drifts 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: N/A 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: There is a pesky new blowdown at the tentsite junction; it is currently an awkward duck under and has been roughly delimbed on the underside. It’s 18” diameter and it trapped a 4” diameter tree just above the main mess. It’s been there at least a week (there is snow on top of it) but based on the packed trail underneath it, it’s probably not much older than that. When there is enough of a snow pack we can clamber over it (after we delimb the top of it, LOL). It’s on a side hill so there’s no safe or easy way around it. Happily this is the only issue.  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: I saw two near the Hut.  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: There is a lonely right foot Hoka Speedgoat at the trailhead.  
Comments: I hiked out and back for Madison only. I donned light traction on Valley Way at the Beechwood junction and kept them on until returning to that spot. I did see a group of three hikers in trail runners, no traction, up near the Hut, but everyone else was in winter boots with light traction. VW is packed down nicely and therefore wicked fast on both the ascent and the descent. Osgood, from the Hut to the Madison summit, is nicely stomped out as well.
It was a picture perfect day for the northern Prezis!  
Name: Bikecamphikegirl  
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2023-11-26 
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