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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Mt. Madison, NH
Trails
Trails: Great Gulf Trail, Great Gulf Link, Daniel Webster Scout Trail, Osgood Trail, Parapet Trail, Buttress Trail, Six Husbands Trail, Osgood Cutoff
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Friday, July 20, 2012
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Parked at Great Gulf parking lot off Route 16. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Standing/Running Water on Trail 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
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
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. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: 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. 
Bugs
Bugs: Minimal. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: 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.  
Name
Name: rocket21 
E-Mail
E-Mail: rocket21@franklinwebpublishing.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2012-07-20 
Link
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