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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Mt. Monroe, Mt. Eisenhower, Mt. Washington, NH
Trails
Trails: Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail. Crawford Path, Monroe Loop, Eisenhower Loop, Gulfside Trail, Jewell Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, May 4, 2013
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: WMNFS lot is still gated. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable), Snow/Ice - Monorail (Unstable), Standing/Running Water on Trail, Snow - Spring Snow 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Gem Pool was an easy rock hop. The second crossing on Ammo required minor foot dunking and the a scramble up the bank. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: A few blowdowns on Jewell Trail but all were easy walkovers. The Mount Eisenhower Trail sign on Crawford Path was laying on the ground and the bolts were missing. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: There were two dogs at Lakes Hut. Dogs might have some issues on Ammo trail. 
Bugs
Bugs: None yet!! 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: I was going to walk Mount Clinton Road back to the Cog but since weather was gorgeous I decided an out and back along the Crawford Path would be an excellent choice for today. I got on trail at 600am in hopes to beating any of the mashed potatoes that occur later in the day. Ammo was pretty hard packed all the way up to the hut. I would recommend light traction for some of the side hilling along the trail. Snowshoes would have been a waste of weight and probably an accident (i.e. sprained or broken ankle) waiting to happen. The Crawford Path, Monroe Loop, and Eisenhower Loop (North) were about 90% snow free so it was easy cruising. Lots of standing water on the Crawford Path below Mount Monroe. Some people may want traction for some of the snowfields along the Crawford Path as a slip could send you sliding quite a ways. Gulfside Trail had minimal snow, if any. Heading down the Jewell Trail was snowfree just until treeline. I didn't use traction and did lots of boot-skiing. Snow started to come and go around the 3700ft mark with patches here and there but nothing of concern.

I saw two AT hikers at Lakes Hut, and then only one person on Washington. Surprising for such a beautiful morning. Early bird catches the worm, I guess. Coming down Jewell Trail I ran into a few groups including Hiker Eds group.

With snow levels basically none existent above treeline, please refrain from walking off trail. As alpine vegetation begins its growing season, the last thing it needs is people trampling it. Please stay on the trail.

It was an awesome morning to get out!  
Name
Name: Greg YEAH! 
E-Mail
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Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2013-05-04 
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