|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Mt. Madison, NH|
||Great Gulf Trail, Great Gulf Link, Daniel Webster Scout Trail, Osgood Trail, Parapet Trail, Buttress Trail, Six Husbands Trail, Osgood Cutoff|
|Date of Hike:
||Friday, July 20, 2012|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Parked at Great Gulf parking lot off Route 16. |
||Dry Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Standing/Running Water on Trail |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||None of size on the Daniel Webster Scout Trail. A few within the Great Gulf - rock hoppable at current levels, but nothing I'd want to attempt in high water. There's a relatively new bridge for the AT (Madison Gulf) crossing. |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||Parts of Daniel Webster Scout Trail were brushy. Buttress Trail was extremely brushy, as was the scrub portion of the Parapet Trail. Lots of blowdowns on the Great Gulf Trail. |
||Not a good route for most dogs - lots of traprock walking (easy to slice open pads), some scrambles on Daniel Webster Scout and Buttress, and not much water from below treeline on Daniel Webster Scout until Madison Gulf junction on Parapet. |
|Lost and Found:
||Trails were generally dry. Some running water and mud near where the Buttress Trail bottoms out and on the lower Six Husbands Trail.|
Daniel Webster Scout Trail started off with good footing, but was increasingly rocky. Parapet had terrible footing, as did a good portion of the Buttress (which has the feeling of an abandoned trail in places). Hard to get a good rythm going on the Great Gulf Trail due to all of the stepover and duck under blowdowns.
This loop is a one-and-done. Nice views, though.
Disclaimer: Reports are not verified - conditions may vary. Use at own risk. Always be prepared when hiking. Observe all signs. Trail conditions reports are not substitutes for weather reports or common sense.