Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Madison, Mt. Adams, Mt. Jefferson, Mt. Washington, Mt. Monroe, Mt. Eisenhower, Mt. Pierce, NH
Trails: Valley Way, Osgood Trail, Gulfside, Airline, Lowes Path, Jefferson Loop, Trinity Heights Connector, Crawford Path, Monroe Loop, Eisenhower Loop, Webster Cliff Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Friday, May 6, 2022
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Both Crawford Connector Lot and Appalachia were basically empty at start and return. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Ice - Blue, Wet/Slippery Rock, Ice - Breakable Crust, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Snow - Wet/Sticky, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Unstable), Snow/Ice - Postholes, Slush, Snow/Ice - Small Patches 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes:  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: All trails in good shape. The many blow downs on Crawford Path have all been cleared. The bruised and battered Sphinx Col sign (and post) was missing entirely. Poor thing had a rough life.  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: One very friendly pup who was happy to show off for us. 
Bugs: Nothing biting yet. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: A pocket knife, one liner glove, and a whole lot of trekking pole baskets. I left them all on the bench at Crawford Connector lot as they are of no real value. Tons or trash packed out, and another painted rock added to my backyard fire pit.  
Comments: A mixed bag of conditions were expected and that is what we got. Started out on Valley Way before 5:30AM and around 32 degrees, the snow pack higher up was supportive and ice was softer and easy to get spikes to bite. We bare booted up to Madison as it is practically ice free. Spikes on again for Gulfside but then off again on Airline up to Adams. The snowfields on Jefferson have a few different sets of tracks across. The snow was getting softer later in the morning so I put on Hillsound trails and kicked some decent steps crossing higher up. Only sections of snow and soft ice from Jefferson to Eisenhower, lots of switching between beater spikes and bare boots. The worst conditions were on Crawford path between Eisenhower and Pierce. There is still a few feet of snow here and when we hit it early afternoon it was pretty soft. Sections of a narrow elevated monorail at times, lots of postholes along the sides of the snow pack. From Webster Cliff junction to past Mizpah Cutoff is a wide and stable pack then breakable ice with running water.

More wind and less sun than originally forecasted today but still a great day for it. A quiet day on the ridge, my friend and I went many miles without seeing anyone.

Today's trip gridded Washington, Monroe, Eisenhower and Pierce for me.  
Name: Kyle L 
E-Mail: kjlanctot g mail 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2022-05-06 
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