Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Adams, Mt. Sam Adams, NH
Trails: Lowes Path, Gulfside, bushwhack, Israel Ridge Path, Randolph Path, Grey Knob Trail, Spur Trail, King Ravine
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, May 27, 2012
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Parked at Lowes Store on US 2 - $1 fee. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Standing/Running Water on Trail 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Minor on Lowes Path. On Spur and lower King Ravine, easily hopped at current levels. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Trails were mostly clear of blowdowns. One stepover on Chandler Fall spur (8" diameter). I removed a few on bottom leg of King Ravine Trail, but a few remain (could be handled with hand saw). 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Northern Presi traprock is rough on dogs this time of year. Not much water up high either. 
Bugs: Mosquitoes were quite vexing on lower Lowes Path. Above treeline, winds kept bugs away. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Lowes Path was generally dry and in good shape. Some moist or muddy sections, but almost always easily passed with stepping stones.

"Bushwhacked" from Thunderstorm Junction to Mt. Sam Adams, and back, finding it pretty easy to stay on rocks and thus not trample alpine growth.

Grey Knob Trail was pretty tedious - subpar footing from Israel Ridge Path to Grey Knob cabin. Below there, some areas of standing and running water.

Spur was pretty smooth sailing.

Lower King Ravine Trail had some annoying end-of-day ups and downs, but generally a forgiving footbed. One brief muddy area.

Lots of diapensia in bloom above treeline. Quite a few patches of Lapland Rosebay off trail on Mt. Sam Adams (and also a few snow fields). Also a nice patch of Lapland Rosebay on Israel Ridge Path. Alpine Azalea scattered throughout as well.  
Name: rocket21 
E-Mail: rocket21 at franklinwebpublishing dot com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2012-05-27 
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