Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Madison, Mt. Adams, NH
Trails: Valley Way, Scar Trail, Air Line, Osgood Trail, Gulfside, Raymond Path, Short Line
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, August 19, 2012
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Lot full on Saturday when I arrived at 10 AM with cars up and down Route 2, lot still mostly full when I left Sunday at 6 PM 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Standing/Running Water on Trail 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Only one of consequence on Raymond easily crossed 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Raymond Path coming down - one duck under after lower Israel Ridge Junction just needs the branches trimmed; one 8 inch stepover just below Lowes Path Junction 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: A fair amount of water along the way heading up to the Hut except Air Line above tree line (due to rain) and water at the hut of course, little water on Gulfside (some near Peabody Spring heading to Edmands Col) and little on Raymond until you get below treeline and then seeps and streams all the way down. Rocks up top might be a little hard on some paws. 
Bugs: I guess the bugs are back; flies on Adams Summit, and little flying critters on Raymond that were biting - ended up with several bites heading down. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: A great weekend in the northern presis. Headed up Saturday and stayed at Madison Springs - skies cleared late on saturday and was treated to an amazing sunset and star filled skies, skies clear on Sunday until some clouds when I was heading down.

Opted to try some new trails - Scar Trail is an interesting trail, well maintained though lightly traveled with some views if you take the loop. Some running water and patchy mud on Valley way, scar trail, and air line below treeline and one slippey ledge on scar trail though nothing really bothersome. Some running water and mud on Raymond Path with a few slippery rocks. Raymond Path is a nice alternative back to Appalachia and you get the nice ridge walk between Adams and Edmands Col getting to the trail. Lots of people coming and going in the Northern presis today.  
Name: Brian from Maine 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2012-08-19 
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