Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Madison, Mt. Adams, NH
Trails: Valley Way, Osgood Trail, Gulfside, Airline, Scar Path
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Friday, December 8, 2023
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Plenty of parking at Appalachia. There’s a layer of packed powder in the lot so you can don spikes or snowshoes at your car, if you choose.  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Snow - Drifts, Snow/Ice - Postholes 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes:  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: A large evergreen tree (1’ diameter) across Scar Trail .1 from Airline. We delimbed it enough to walk under currently. If snow gets deep, it will be impassable. Sign on Madison Summit is still missing.  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Saw one today doing Madison.  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: We wore snowshoes the whole time though Valley Way is a little boney down low and it’s packed down enough that spikes could be used. Somebody ahead of us wore spikes to the hut and did a few shallow postholes approaching the top of Valley Way. Above tree line, snowshoes are a must. We began descending Airline and encountered a mess from someone who ascended and descended Airline without snowshoes. Posthole hell. We cleaned it up as much as we could, but ultimately decided to take Scar (even though we had to break trail) over to Valley Way. If you plan to take Airline tomorrow, expect some postholes below Durand Ridge.  
Name: WanderingSoules 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2023-12-08 
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