Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Madison, Mt. Adams, Mt. Jefferson, NH
Trails: Valley Way, Osgood Trail, Gulfside, Jefferson Loop, Jewell Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Parking/Access Road Notes
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Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Ice - Blue, Snow - Drifts 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction, Goggles 
Water Crossing Notes
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Trail Maintenance Notes
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Dog-Related Notes
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Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Started at about 7am from Appalachia, we made good time to Madison trails ranging from hard pack at the bottom to loose snow at the top. Swirling winds made the hut useless as a windbreak.

Madison was snow covered with some small ice patches but overall not bad. Van decided to leave us and head down at this point.

Winds were gusting and blowing and googles became a necessity. We stayed in microspikes over Mt Adams and winds were still not overwelming. Visibility was 50-100 feet. On Adams things opened up some. At the snow field on the back side of Sam Adams some of us donned snowshoes and others began to see the importance of that on the other side of Edmands Col. The snow fields are beginning to mount up to levels that I have not seen before in my limited time in the whites.

We all went to snowshoes as we climbed from the col. We were having problems finding the cairns and although we had a feeling of general direction exact location was becoming difficult and tedious.

Myself and other members of our goup decided that all our previous experience combined at this point (due to visibility and the on set of the snow) was not worth the price of coffee at your local gas station and that we would exit at jewell trail. Wilfred who leads tours on mount kilamanjaro and has summited mt Everest said "this sucks".

Snow covered over 50% of the cairns there. we found some felt out way along the rest and were amazed that the 6-8 foot trees at where you descend from the crows nest were covered. Jewell trail had about a foot of new powder yippee.

What I took away from this is we had propper equipment, we stayed together and functioned well as a group and knew when to bail when things seemed to deteriorate! So fine day out.  
Name: Little Brown Mushroom 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2013-03-28 
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