Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Madison, Mt. Adams, Mt. Jefferson, NH
Trails: Valley Way, Osgood Trail, Gulfside, Airline, Lowes Path, Jefferson Loop, Jewell Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, December 9, 2023
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Dropped a car at Ammo lot at 7AM, less than a dozen vehicles there at the time. Lot had some snow and may have been a challenge for cars with all season tires in the morning, but that was all melted by mid day. Appalachia was getting full by 7:45AM.  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow - Drifts, Snow - Wet/Sticky, Snow/Ice - Postholes 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes:  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: As you may of guessed, the Sphinx col sign is down. The poor thing is the Frank Grimes of trail signs. Blowdown on Jewell, as Teal mentioned, isn't a major obstruction. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Encountered one super friendly pup on VW. 
Bugs: Pretty sure we saw a few mosquitos on Gulfside. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: There was a single crampon on Valley Way below the tent site. We left it there with the assumption it's owner would be heading back that way.  
Comments: Not much to add to the recent reports for Madison and Adams via VW. While bony down low the snow was very soft this morning and we tossed on snowshoes early on and kept them on until we were well down Jewell. While there has been some traffic between Adams and Jefferson, it was not consolidated and snowshoes were certainly needed. It appears most that covered this section recently were in snowshoes, but there were a few random deep postholes from boots from past days. We had no issues going across the snowfield today, snow was soft and our snowshoes bit well.

Tons of familiar faces out today taking advantage of a weather window that doesn't appear often on a Saturday in December. The winds were low in the morning and increasing throughout the day, peaking at around 40 mph when we hit Jefferson. Spots of undercast in the valleys under mostly cloudy skies, temps above freezing all day, we'll take that any time of year.  
Name: Kyle L & E.T. Fudge 
E-Mail: kjlanctot g 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2023-12-09 
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