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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Mt. Greylock, MA
Trails
Trails: Gould Trail, Appalachian Trail, Rockwell Road, Appalachian Trail, Cheshire Harbor Trail, unnamed trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, April 13, 2019
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Room for several vehicles at the Gould Trail parking area off West Mountain Rd. in Adams. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Ice - Blue, Wet/Slippery Rock, Ice - Breakable Crust, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable), Mud - Significant, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Unstable), Snow - Spring Snow, Leaves - Significant/Slippery, Snow/Ice - Postholes, Slush, Snow/Ice - Small Patches 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: The two major crossings were crossed via footbridges; all other minor/seasonal crossings were rock hopped or stepped over. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: The main trails were in good shape, but the secondary/lesser used trails can be tricky to follow. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: See the Massachusetts DCR website regarding pet policies for Mt. Greylock State Reservation. 
Bugs
Bugs: A few buzzing about, but not yet an issue. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: Mixed bag of conditions today. The lower half of the Gould Trail was a mix of dry and wet ground, with some minor mud. The upper half had some scattered patches of ice and monorail mixed with standing/running water. The last leg to the top, on the Appalachian Trail, was like a glacier, and I put on my microspikes to get up it more easily; I saw a few others who didn't have any traction that were struggling to get up or even around the ice. The summit area was mostly snow and ice free, which was perfect because the weather on top was absolutely beautiful, and myself and all the other hikers that were there were able to sit down and kick back for a while without having to worry about snow or ice. Going down, I bypassed the icy section on the AT by walking part of Rockwell Rd, then I picked up the AT again near the alpine tarn; this section was mostly spring snow and monorail. Once I left Rockwell Rd. and got on the Cheshire Harbor Trail, there was some patchy leftover spring snow, but the real annoyance was that the trail was like a brook from Rockwell Rd. to the Old Adams Rd. junction, and there was almost no reprieve from the constant barrage of running water. Some sections were so bad that if the blazes were removed, you wouldn't be able to tell you were on a hiking trail. Fortunately, the footbed was much less wet past the Old Adams Rd. junction, and the connector trail to the Gould Trail trailhead was basically dry the whole way.

If you plan to hike Greylock via any trail in the coming days, bring light traction and expect to get wet.  
Name
Name: Spencer 
E-Mail
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Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2019-04-13 
Link
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