Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Madison (attempt), NH
Trails: Valley Way, Watson Path
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, March 16, 2014
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Plenty of parking off Route 2 at Appalachia Parking. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes:  
Trail Maintenance Notes
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Dog-Related Notes
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Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: I had planned to summit Mt Madison via the Madison Hut. I had on my snowshoes, but a hiker [who had spent the night at Valley Way Tentsite] said I wouldn't need them, so I put them back into my jeep. The trail up to the the tent site was packed indeed. Unfortunately, beyond the site - it wasn't. If I had on my snowshoes, I would've just plowed my way through, but since I didn't, I kept sinking deeper into the snow. I had gone about 100 feet when I decided to turn back. Perhaps over the ridge, the remaining trail would once again be packed - but it had been such a plenty walk, I didn't think it was worth the effort. I turned, thinking that the direct route to Mt Madison [via the Watson Trail] would be open. I had passed it earlier. It looked well packed. Unfortunately, the reason it was so well packed was because everybody that took that turn - had to return, since just a bit beyond…the trail ended.
All right. I didn't get my peak. I was okay about that - then. But, now, I'm thinking: I know I really can't afford this, but I might just make one last hike before winter is officially over. Decisions, decisions…
Name: Catorce 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2014-03-18 
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