Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Madison, NH
Trails: Valley Way, Brookside Trail, Lower Bruin, Osgood Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, January 27, 2024
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Appalachia is Appalachia. Plowed and busy. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Unpacked Powder 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Water crossings are well-bridged now 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: A few tree limbs hanging down on Brookside and Lower Bruin, but unsurprising given how infrequently these trails are hiked 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: What a gorgeous day with total undercast on Mt. Madison! Aside from the occasional postholes, Valley Way is in perfect snowshoeing shape--it's got a nice snowshoe track set, and it's completely broken out. From the hut to the summit, Osgood is a mix of loose snow and some harder crusty snow from freezing rain. Our group and probably 90% of the people we saw were using microspikes, but a couple people were using snowshoes. Crampons would be a bad move. We also hiked Brookside and Lower Bruin to add to the challenge. Brookside was lightly broken out until the junction with the Kelton Trail; from there back to Valley Way via Lower Bruin was completely untouched. 7 of us put a nice track on both trails. If you're looking for a more challenging and arguably more interesting deviation from Valley Way, Brookside to Lower Bruin should be in good shape for some time.  
Name: GoBlue 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2024-01-27 
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