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Mt. Adams, Mt. Madison
Randolph, NH, Low and Burbank's Grant, NH, Thompson and Meserve's Purchase, NH

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
Looking up Air Line on the way to Mt. Adams
Looking up Air Line on the way to Mt. Adams

Route: Air Line, snowfields, (Mt. Adams), snowfields, Gulfside Trail, snowfields, Osgood Trail, (Mt. Madison), Osgood Trail, Valley Way

Snowshoes round trip.

Air Line had not seen any recent use above the initial flats. Initially only an inch of powder (some nasty postholes too), but trailbreaking began around 4,000 feet, ranging from a few inches to a foot of powder, heavily drifted. Good snow cover above treeline and occasional boilerplate.

Plenty of postholes arond Gulfside. I opted to go a little west of Air Line and go up the snowfields, which were perfect for snowshoes.

Also due to the postholes and some monorail, I opted to bail off the Gulfside on the way toward the hut, staying south of it, then bee lining up Madison. Pretty good going in snowshoes.

Monorail on Osgood with barebooters breaking through and postholing in the warming temperatures today.

Valley Way was trashed early this afternoon, as barebooters were postholing in the drifted snow. I tried to fix what I could, but there were more barebooters on the way, installing more postholes. A bit more firm in the lower elevations, but still decent snowshoeing.

Snow pack is perhaps 2 feet down low, increasing 3 to 5 feet once ascending. Some isolated areas (wind scoured above treeline or perks in the woods) will probably go bare with the upcoming weather, but the woods will likely retain multiple feet of snowpack.

Nice weather, few folks out. Winds were noticeable atop King Ravine and Madison, but otherwise not too bad. Sun and temps felt like late March.


Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Easy
Destination: Mt. Adams
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Very Difficult
Navigation: Moderate
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal
Destination: Mt. Madison
Length: Difficult
Steepness: Very Difficult
Navigation: Moderate
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Thursday, December 20, 2018
Parking Elevation: 1,311'
Destination: Mt. Adams
Time Elapsed: 03:23
Trailhead Elevation: 1,311'
Summit Elevation: 5,774'
Distance: 4.3 miles
Vertical Gain: 4,513'
Destination: Mt. Madison
Time Elapsed: 00:42
Trailhead Elevation: 5,774'
Summit Elevation: 5,367'
Vertical Gain: 587'
Hike Time Elapsed: 06:04
Hike Vertical Gain: 5,230'


The Air Line Trail trailhead at Appalachia
The Air Line Trail trailhead at Appalachia

Snowfields on Mt. Adams
Snowfields on Mt. Adams

Mt. Madison as seen from the summit of Mt. Adams - Click to enlarge
Mt. Madison as seen from the summit of Mt. Adams

Looking down snowfields on the way to Mt. Madison
Looking down snowfields on the way to Mt. Madison

Mt. Washington and Mt. Adams as seen from Mt. Madison - Click to enlarge
Mt. Washington and Mt. Adams as seen from Mt. Madison

Directions to trailhead: Take US 2 West from Gorham to the Appalachia trailhead/parking lot.

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