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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Mt. Pierce, Mt. Eisenhower, NH
Trails
Trails: Edmands Path, Crawford Path, Mt. Eisenhower Trail, Dry River Trail, Dry River Cutoff, Mt. Clinton Trail, Webster Cliff Trail, Eisenhower Loop
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, August 31, 2014
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: The Edmands Path parking area fills up early on good days. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: The most significant crossing was the Dry River on the Mt Eisenhower Trail. The best rocks to cross was just upstream from the official trail crossing. There were some minor crossings on the Dry River Cutoff Trail which were easy. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: The tree line warning sign on the Edmands Path is lying on a banking with the post in poor condition. The Webster Cliff - Crawford Path sign is lying on the ground. All bog bridges in the wilderness area are in various states of deterioration as are the bog bridges between Mt Pierce and Mt Eisenhower on the Crawford Path. Evergreen boughs are crowding the Mt Eisenhower Trail just below tree line. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Trails fine for dogs. 
Bugs
Bugs: None 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: This was a hike of two trail environments. The trails outside the wilderness area were refined with only a few fallen tress and many hikers. The trails in the wilderness area were primitive, had many fallen trees, and no other hikers. I hiked a short section of the Dry River Trail from the junction with the Mt Eisenhower Trail and Dry River Falls. The short trail leading to the base of the falls is a muddy track with many rocks at the beginning that almost looks like a runoff ditch. There is a small blue gray rock on tree roots and a tree with bark peeling off at the start of the side trail. A bit further up the Dry River Trail is an unmarked side path to the upper section of the falls with a deep pool. The short stretch of the Dry River Trail that I hiked was in fine condition. I imagine other sections of this trail are not so good due to damage from Irene. The Dry River Cutoff trail has many wet areas and some rotting bog bridges with mossy surfaces. The trail was somewhat confusing around the second brook crossing on the Dry River Cutoff Trail. I spotted some flagging which drew my attention to the pathway.  
Name
Name: WAUMBEK 
E-Mail
E-Mail: WAUMBEK at Roadrunner dot com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2014-08-31 
Link
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