|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Mt. Adams, Mt. Madison, NH|
||Airline, Gulfside, Osgood Trail, Valley Way|
|Date of Hike:
||Tuesday, March 3, 2020|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Appalachia parking lot is plowed. Todayâ€™s super warm temps melted much of the lot down to the pavement. There is parking for about 30 cars. This is a popular lot. |
||Snow - Drifts, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable), Snow - Wet/Sticky |
||Snowshoes, Traction |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||None posed any issue on Valley Way. All are shallow with plenty of rocks for stepping over the flows. |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||Couple of persistent blowdowns on Airline. No issues on Durand Ridge and above tree line. Carins are visible. Valley way had a few blow downs, one new blowdown blocking the trail near the upper junction of Valley Way and Fallaway trail. |
||All are good trails for dogs. No obstacles that would compromise their safety. |
|Lost and Found:
||One lone snowshoe left at the trailhead kiosk. One black knit cap left hanging on the post at the trailhead. ||
||As another newenglandtrailconditions.com submitter put it, â€œWhen given a Presi day you take it.â€ Amen. Today was most certainly a day for the Presidentials. Man, such a glorious day above tree line! Low, intermittent winds, blue skies, and temps in the 30s at 5000 feet. What better winter conditions could one ask for?!?|
After consulting various weather reports, I trashed my initial plan of heading back to the â€˜Bigs (Bigelows) in lieu of some even more fabulous views of the Whites at 5000+ feet. I was not disappointed. Several people wise to the agreeable weather weâ€™re also on these peaks today. I met 4 people between the summits and had the pleasure of hiking to the summit of Adams and Madison with one of them. Thanks for the wonderful company!
Airline was freshly blazed in blue. Signs are well placed and all intact. Gulfside is Gulfside. The rock barriers were visible above the snowpack. Madison Hut is closed until late May. Osgood is marked with very prominent, very visible carins. Valley Way is also blazed in blue though these look to have not been updated in at least the last 3 years.
After a Presidential hiatus of almost a year it was nice to be back on these familiar well known trails. As Protean Wonderer put it, â€œno two hikes on the same trail are ever alikeâ€ (loose quote, it was something to this effect). Yeah, I seem to never hike the same trail twice.
Soft, sticky snow on top of the monorail on all trails. Snowshoes below tree line are the most appropriate footwear. Above tree line... you decide. I wore spikes with effectiveness.
Disclaimer: Reports are not verified - conditions may vary. Use at own risk. Always be prepared when hiking. Observe all signs. Trail conditions reports are not substitutes for weather reports or common sense.