Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Madison, NH
Trails: Valley Way, Osgood Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Friday, December 29, 2023
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Same old Appalachia. Maybe 6-7 cars in the lot.  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Snow - Trace/Minimal Depth, Wet Trail, Ice - Blue, Wet/Slippery Rock, Ice - Breakable Crust, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Snow - Wet/Sticky, Mud - Significant, Leaves - Significant/Slippery, Snow/Ice - Postholes, Snow/Ice - Small Patches 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes:  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Soooooo many areas of erosion and washing due to the rain and melting snow. Lots of small branches littering the trail along with a couple more significant blowdowns here and there, but nothing hard to step over or go around. I dug a few ditches to help with some drainage, but this trail needs some love.  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: 1 size L hillsound spike. Frozen into a snowbank snd the front bar is coming off.  
Comments: Very wet day in the Whites. Decided, since the wind was so mild, to try for a Presi anyways. Got Madison, but it was raining harder, there was limited visibility, and what snow remained was eroding fast, so I called it there. Only saw a group of 3 and then 1 other person all day. Finally put my rock spikes (at least they are now) on about a half mile from the hut. Could probably do it without, but I'm not that daring when I'm solo. The cone has small patches of snow here and there, but nothing exciting. I've never seen so much water on this trail. I dug several ditches to the larger puddles and assisted some water bars in doing what they are supposed to, but there's still a lot to do. Lots of washing as well, so be careful which rocks you opt to use. I had a fairly sizable one roll right out of its hole cause it was so wet and I went with it! Nothing exciting, but made me nervous for the rest of my descent.  
Name: Monkey 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2023-12-29 
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