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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Mt. Madison, NH
Trails
Trails: Howker Ridge Trail, Watson Path, The Brookside, Randolph Path
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Friday, May 13, 2022
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Plenty of parking at Randolph East at 9:30 a.m. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Ice - Breakable Crust, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Mud - Significant, Leaves - Significant/Slippery, Snow/Ice - Postholes, Snow/Ice - Small Patches 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Water crossings were raging. Since the weather was warm and we were on the back end of the loop, we just waded through them but not without some trepidation. May be useful to carry plastic bags. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Yes blowdowns. Trail sign at Osgood/Howker Ridge junction is broken in two and in pieces on the ground. We tried to set them upright in the correct facing position but... 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs
Bugs: They are starting to swarm! 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: Lost a pair of glasses likely between the first and second howks. Please email if found. 
 
Comments
Comments: Mixed bag of conditions. Trail started dry then patches of mud and wet leaves. Once past the first and second howks, we saw a few stray patches of snow. Some stretches of ice and snow below Pine Link Trail. On the final approach to summit, just before intersection there is a large snowfield--it was still mostly firm and held up under bare boots. We heard that Valley Way was slushy so we opted for Watson Path down which was very wet with running melt off in many places. Spikes came on and off, on and off, for patches of ice on The Brookside. Randolph Path started out beautifully groomed but gets a little hard to follow on the last half mile to the parking lot.  
Name
Name: Annaliza 
E-Mail
E-Mail: annaliza.hikes@gmail.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2022-05-15 
Link
Link: https://www.gaiagps.com/datasummary/track/ea2729555baaf64f2cca209a0b8de68d/?layer=GaiaTopoRasterFeet 
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