Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Jackson, Mt. Franklin, Mt. Eisenhower, Mt. Pierce, NH
Trails: Webster-Jackson Trail, Webster Cliff Trail, Mt. Clinton Trail, Dry River Cutoff, Mt. Eisenhower Trail, Dry River Trail, Crawford Path, Franklin Loop, Eisenhower Loop, Saco Lake Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, September 28, 2014
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: 4th car in Webster - Jackson lot at 6 am. Cars were parked all along the roadside in afternoon.  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Mud - Significant 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: All were easily rock hopped today. Water levels are very low. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: The sign is still missing for the Mt Clinton Tr at it's junction with the Dry River Cutoff. Dry River Cutoff could use some definition for the two crossings just before reaching the Mt Eisenhower Tr. The Dry River Tr up through Oakes Gulf was a wonderful walk. All blowdowns have been chopped through and despite zero blazes, fairly easy to follow. Dry River Shelter #3 is in good shape and holding up well. I thought the route to Mt Franklin was a short Spur but it appears to be a loop, complete with a few cairns. The sign for the Mt Eisenhower Tr along the Crawford Path is sitting on the ground next to the post which was also laying on the ground.  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: An early start and light traffic in the Dry River Valley meant Marlie could lead the way. Saw Pepper and John a few miles further up the Dry River Tr from when we last saw them in June. Plenty of water until above treeline. LOC hut is closed for the season and there was no water from the lakes to below Mt Pierce along Crawford Path so plan accordingly.  
Bugs: Still some out buzzing around.  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: Found a pair of sunglasses, a black bandana, and a white towel. I was able to return the towel to it's owner. Lost my chapstick:( 
Comments: Despite the signs still being up at the trail heads, the Dry River Tr is open! Just like when the rope drops at a ski area I wanted to be one of the first to check it out and put down some more red ink. Very nice and unique views up to Monroe and Boot Spur from Oakes Gulf. I made it from Mizpah to LOC and only saw two other hikers! Not bad for a 75° day during peak foliage. You just need to take the round about way;) It was nice chatting with a volunteer from the Mt Washington Observatory and sharing some miles again with John and Pepper.

19 miles 5900' elev +  
Name: IQuest 
E-Mail: iandanner@hotmail com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2014-09-28 
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