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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Mt. Jackson, Mt. Pierce, Mt. Eisenhower, Mt. Franklin, NH
Trails
Trails: Crawford Connector, Crawford Path, Mitzpah Cutoff, Webster Cliff Trail, Eisenhower Loop
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, May 5, 2013
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Parking fine in the Mt. Clinton lot. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Snow - Wet/Sticky, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Unstable), Snow - Trace/Minimal Depth, Snow/Ice - Postholes 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: No difficult crossings. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Blow-downs on AT where it passes Eisenhower. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs
Bugs: Some insects around the summits. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: We headed up to Nauman Tentsite on Saturday from the Mt. Clinton Lot, and dropped off overnight gear on a platform. The caretaker at the hut was kind enough to lend us a shovel to clear off a platform. Trail conditions were muddy to approximately 3000 feet, then switched to an increasingly unstable monorail. Light traction is highly recommended.

With daypacks, we went out-and-back to Jackson in the afternoon. Trail conditions were highly varied. Gaiters are a must!

Sunday morning, we packed up camp, and headed up Pierce to meet some friends. Conditions above treeline were bare and dry. Friends in tow, we headed north to Franklin over Eisenhower, and back. Conditions were excellent...dry, no traction required. On the way south, we took the AT bypass of Eisenhower, which was still snowbound, in poor condition, with a number of irritating blowdowns. Still...it was short! Traction was required for that section.

Coming back down Crawford Path, the conditions had moved towards the muddy end of the spectrum since the previous day. Most snow bridges collapsed overnight.

Another couple did the same hike in parallel with us, and shoveled off another platform. Their trip report is here: http://www.teamchacopak.com/2013/05/southern-presidentials-pierce.html
 
Name
Name: M Hodess 
E-Mail
E-Mail: Hodess -at- gmail.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2013-05-09 
Link
Link: http://plus.google.com/photos/110705428541141496753/albums/5875991136700364353?authkey=CN6Cnpv0rdrbhAE 
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