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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Mt. Pierce, Mt. Eisenhower, NH
Trails
Trails: Crawford Connector, Crawford Path, Mt. Eisenhower Loop
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Clinton Road is plowed to pavement but it is only wide enough for one car for a good part of its length. Lot itself is pretty well cleared and has room for a lot of cars. I was only car at 7AM. About 7 cars when I left. Outhouses were open and must have been freshly cleaned. Actually smelled good! 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Ice - Blue, Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Ice - Breakable Crust, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow - Drifts, Snow/Ice - Postholes 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Only actual crossing has a short wooden bridge. Everything else fully buried and bridged. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Crawford Connector has new blue blazes. I do not recall seeing any blazes on Crawford Path. There were no actual blowdowns but there were a lot of spots where the snow pack is so high my pack was hanging up in branches (I'm 6'3"). I actually had to kneel under one (but I'm not all that limber) 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Didn't see a single dog today but trails are perfect for dogs of all sizes. 
Bugs
Bugs:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: There was a black EMS Gore Tex glove in the middle of lot when I arrived. I put it on the left side of trailhead sign. 
 
Comments
Comments: Trails in tremendous shape. Very well packed down track right up to Eisenhower. I actually used microspikes car to car and only postholed in two places (everyone I passed had snow shoes on). After the junction with Mizpah Cut Off there is a short stretch that is loose and powdery that didn't seem to pack even after the snowshoe traffic. The last "alley" before Webster Cliff junction had some pretty wild drifts but the track is solid right through. After the junction for the first 1/4 mile or so toward Eisenhower had the softest drifts (some fairly large but still with a good track)where I postholed a few times (as well as some others before me). Summits were thin, hard packed snow and bare rock/dirt. Other than those small sections it was ideal out there. The forecast for light winds and sunny skies came true as well making for a tremendous day. I'd imagine there will be a lot of happy hikers posting glowing trail reports from today. Kinda kicking myself for not taking on a more demanding hike today with the ideal weather and conditions.  
Name
Name: DayTrip 
E-Mail
E-Mail: bblanchette0709@gmail.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2014-03-18 
Link
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