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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Mt. Monroe, Little Monroe, Mt. Eisenhower, NH
Trails
Trails: Dry River Trail, Crawford Path, Mt. Monroe Loop, Mt. Eisenhower Loop, Mt. Eisenhower Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Thursday, October 9, 2014
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Started and ended at Dry River Shelter #3. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Ice - Breakable Crust, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Mud - Significant 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: The tributary crossing above Dry River Shelter was an easy hop, as were the crossings of the Dry River on Mt. Eisenhower and Dry River trails later in the day. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Dry River Trail above the shelter was in decent shape. Still muddy and rough, with stepover blowdowns, and evidence of much work approaching the floor of Oakes Gulf, looked like it was blowdown hell! The trails on the ridge were in great shape as usual. Mt. Eisenhower Trail was very brushy near the top, but was great the rest of the way, some stepovers. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs
Bugs: None. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: Day 3 of a 4 day Dry River backpack. A great loop from Dry River Shelter. The upper portion of Dry River Trail was great, Oakes Gulf is as wild a place as you'll find in the Presidential Range, very secluded. As we approached the top, we ran into rime clinging to the rocks and plants, winter IS coming! Chatted with a nice woman Zoe (Zoey?), a local (from NH) but now IFMGA guide in Chamonix, at the closed up Lakes of the Clouds Hut. Up and over Monroe and Eisenhower, before looping back around to take Mt. Eisenhower Trail back down into the valley. Good stuff all day, especially the crossings. Ashley met up with us (as planned) at the shelter that evening, having done some redlining of her own.  
Name
Name: Bill Robichaud 
E-Mail
E-Mail: bill.robichaud@gmail.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2014-10-11 
Link
Link: http://onapathwithheart.blogspot.com/ 
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