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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Mt. Madison, Mt. Adams, Mt. Jefferson, NH
Trails
Trails: Valley Way, Brookside Trail, Watson Path, Airline Cutoff, Airline Trail, Lowe’s Path, Gulfside, Jefferson Loop, Randolph Path, Gray Knob Trail, Hincks Trail, Spur Trail, Amphibrach Trail, Link Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Wednesday, June 29, 2022
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Parked at Appalachia lot off US 2 in Randolph, NH. This is a free, paved, large lot that’s plowed in winter. Kiosk. No privies. Very popular lot. Arrive early. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Mud - Minor/Avoidable 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Nothing of significance. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Well maintained trails. Thanks to AMC and RMC crews! 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: The Presis are brutal to two legged types, let alone 4 legs. Recommend trail proven dogs only. Booties may help with the rough terrain. Much of the trail on our loop was dry. We saw no dogs out today. 
Bugs
Bugs: Oh they won’t leave me alone!!! Worst were black flies on the assent of Mt Madison. Otherwise, not too bad.  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: This was too lengthy of a trip to comment on every trail. I will cover the more lightly used routes:

Brookside: well blazed in yellow, easy to follow. Moderate ascent to Watson Path.

Randolph Path: blazed in blue with good carins above tree line. Rough trail that skirts the Castle Ravine of Jefferson. Took an inordinate amount of time to negotiate due to the rough footing.

Gray Knob Trail: lightly used path to descend Jefferson to access the Gray Knob Cabin. Much improved footing. Grades easy to moderate. Recent brushing (thank you!). Still took a lot of time as there were talus and scree segments. We were, mostly, in scrub offering protection if needed. Gray Knob Cabin is operated by the RMC. It is open year round. Friendly, helpful caretaker present today. Thank you for allowing us to have a look at this magnificent cabin!! See the RMC site for fee info.

Hincks Trail: blazed in faded yellow blazes though blow downs and water bars had been recently cleared. This trail is narrow and steep as it drops the hiker 400 feet in 0.7 miles. Well signed. Easy to follow footbed. Several water points available.

Spur Trail: we only followed this the 0.3 miles to our junction with the Amphibrach. It was steep, not blazed, narrow. Lots of water available from the paralleling Spur Brook. Easy to follow.

Amphibrach: what a gem!!! Well blazed in updated yellow blazes. Many signs up to help with guidance. Gently graded trail taking the hiker down to Randolph Valley. Water bars recently cleared. Lovely trail, highly recommended even if only going to the Pentadoi.

The Link: short, flat, well blazed (in yellow) exit to the parking area.

Nice to have met you, BC!!! You keep on rockin’ man!!! Many hiker soles out today on this gifted Presi day!
 
Name
Name: Remington34 
E-Mail
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Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2022-06-29 
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