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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Mt. Adams, NH
Trails
Trails: Pine Link, Howker Ridge Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, June 20, 2021
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes:  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: None 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Excellent Shape.  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: This route like many of the northern presidentials is not dog friendly due to the sharp abrasive rocks found at higher elevations. There is no reliable water in summer to late summer  
Bugs
Bugs:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: Pine Link and its close cousin Howker Ridge is a lesser used route to Madison. Its far "wilder" than the approaches from the Hut and both get less use. The granite domes that pop up in shared section of Howker Ridge trail and Pine Link are some interesting terrain and views along the way down the ridge to the NE and SE make it a major improvement compared to the standard approach. The trail bed is steeper and rockier in spots. A big plus is its sheltered from the typical westerly winds which were an issue during the morning of our hike. We saw zero folks until just above the upper Pine Link junction and ran into Rocket 21 and group just below Madison. Unlike many white mountain trails there is no long flat and level approach to warm up on, from when you step out of the car the climb starts to get up on the ridge. Despite a higher starting elevation then Appalachia, there are more "ups and downs" along the ridge with elevation gained and lost, this makes for a longer hike duration.  
Name
Name: peakbagger 
E-Mail
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Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2021-06-21 
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