Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks None, MA
Trails: Great Gulf Link, Great Gulf Trail, Osgood Trail, Osgood Cutoff, Madison Gulf Trail, Parapet Trail, Star Lake Trail, Pine Link, Pinkham B Road, Dolly Copp Campground roads
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Wednesday, June 12, 2019
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Mine was the only vehicle at Great Gulf Link trailhead. Plenty of construction still happening throughout the campground. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Snow - Spring Snow 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: All crossings were easily rock hopped on dry rocks. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Great Gulf Link had quite a few large stepovers. Great Gulf has some hobblebush encroaching beyond the wilderness boundary. Lower Osgood had no blowdowns (as did Osgood Cutoff) and freshly cleaned waterbars. Madison Gulf had plethora of blowdowns of all sizes and varieties, with two having light herd paths around them, and a many brushy areas. It could use some love for sure. Trails above treeline all in good shape. Pine Link below treeline was in a similar messy condition as Madison Gulf, very brushy in many areas, with plentiful blowdowns as well. It could also use some love. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs: Pretty awful below 3500' on the way up, lesser to treeline, and awful again at Madison Hut. Down to the car was alright as I was moving faster than them, but they set upon me again once I stopped. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Took advantage of the weather to take care of some straggling trails. Madison Gulf was as beautiful as I remembered, though the trail has seen better days. The same can be said of Pine Link too, both are steep and rugged, but appear to be lacking in the maintenance department. Ran into a couple patches of snow just below the headwall in Madison Gulf, and a couple more patches on Pine Link below treeline (above 4000'), but they were all avoidable. Didn't see anyone until the hut, then no one after it. Worth getting out on the lesser used trails today!  
Name: Bill Robichaud 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2019-06-12 
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