Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Madison, Mt. Adams, NH
Trails: Valley Way, Osgood Trail, Gulfside, Air Line
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, November 17, 2019
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Plenty of parking in the lot when we started. No snow on the lot yet. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Ice - Blue, Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: small creeks, no problems 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: We limbed out a fallen spruce tree and freed up the trail on the lower section so the alternate route does not need to be taken any more. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Two dogs on the trail today, well-behaved and they looked like they were enjoying their hike. 
Bugs: Frozen 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: A most beautiful day to be up on the high peaks. No clouds in the sky, sunshine was warm with the absence of any wind even though the temps started in the single digits. You could see for miles from both summits. A substantial amount of snow covering the trail but not enough to merit snowshoes yet. Lots of rocks still peaking up from underneath the snow cover. Snow was pretty well packed on the lower section but loose granular as we got higher, which made it difficult to get traction going up. We barebooted most of the way. It would have been more efficient to have put on the spikes earlier. We donned them at the hut to do both summits and kept them on the entire way down. There were some small, frozen ice banks along the way but very manageable without the spikes, just slower going. We limbed out a big spruce tree that had fallen across the trail, thus eliminating the need to pitch into the woods on the side to get around it. Quite a few hikers today so the trail got nicely packed and is ready for more adventurers. If you didn't choose to hike today, your really missed out!  
Name: Gi Jo and Dorothy 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2019-11-17 
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