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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Mt. Monroe, Mt. Eisenhower, Mt. Pierce, NH
Trails
Trails: Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail, Crawford Path, Monroe Loop, Eisenhower Loop, Webster Cliff Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Monday, April 22, 2013
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Plenty at the lot just below the Cog and at the Mt. Clinton parking area 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Wet Trail, Ice - Blue, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Snow - Wet/Sticky, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable), Standing/Running Water on Trail, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Snow - Trace/Minimal Depth, Snow - Spring Snow 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction, Traction, Ice Axe 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Most of the small crossings are still bridged but that is not likely to last long. The Gem Pool crossing is open but easy as the water still is low. The upper crossing of the Ammonoosuc by the arrow sign is tricky as the water has left a 4-5 foot difficult climb from the rock onto the deep snow on the trail. Some people went below the crossing but we went above with a short bushwhack to the trail. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Trails in good shape 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Today would have been a very tough day for most dogs with all the ice on the Crawford Path in particular 
Bugs
Bugs:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: We got a bit of a late start. Still with cold overnight Ammo was rock hard. We used spikes from the beginning and they were necessary on all the sidewalls above the river. We changed to crampons at the Gem Pool which helped with the steep section. Above the crossing mentioned above there is alot of hard packed snow and some ice. Some beautiful ice formations near the hut as alot of water has accumulated and frozen. We stayed in crampons until the summit of Monroe. Our ice axes were handy in the steep sections of Monroe. From the summit we barebooted until the Crawford path and then our spikes were on and off 1/2 a dozen times. There is alot of bare ground on the Crawford and alot of very hard and slick ice. Spikes are care were fine but it was very windy on the ridge and we were blown around alot. After reaching the col between Eisenhower and Pierce the spikes came on for good to the car. The lower part of the Crawford Path is melting quickly but there was enough snow and ice for spikes. Our snowshoes stayed on the pack all day but had it been much warmer we would have needed them. The Crawford Path is a post-hole-paradise with some knarly deep ones. But while the snow softened we never post-holed. All in all a great day though pretty slow with the variable and sometimes difficult conditions.  
Name
Name: Jeb Bradley 
E-Mail
E-Mail: jebebrad@metrocast.net 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2013-04-22 
Link
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