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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Mt. Washington, NH
Trails
Trails: Alpine Garden Trail, Huntington Ravine Trail, Tuckerman Ravine Trail, Tuckerman Crossover, Crawford Path, Nelson Crag Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Last week the Auto Road was undergoing its annual maintenance on the gravel section near Mile Post 6 -- it appears that this has just about been completed, so the slowdowns for this are negligible. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Mud, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Snow - Spring Snow 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: None of note. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes:  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs
Bugs: Almost none. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: Drove up Mount Washington via the Auto Road one more time this spring in order to spend some time viewing/photographing the wildflowers in the Alpine Garden and then loop over to the base of Mount Monroe, over to Mount Washington, and then up over Ball Crag. Great, saturated light today for photography -- very nice. However, most flowers in the Alpine Garden are past peak -- alpine azalea and lapland rosebay are almost non-existent, and there are only small pockets of diapensia but these are going fast; basically, the lower-elevation flowers of this type are past their prime. BUT -- along the Nelson Crag Trail near Ball Crag, 500-600 feet higher in elevation than the Alpine Garden Trail, the diapensia is just starting to bloom -- it could look very nice this weekend. Also, in some of the wet areas near the Alpine Garden Trail, mountain avens (yellow flower -- looks sort of like a marsh marigold on a stalk) are about a week away from blooming. Bunchberry is just beginning to bloom, too, along the Tuckerman Crossover. Note that the steep 0.2-mile section of the Huntington Ravine between the Auto Road and the Alpine Garden Trail is still about half covered with about a foot of slushy snow on top of packed ice -- it was bare-bootable with care/caution.  
Name
Name: Mountain Avens 
E-Mail
E-Mail: info (at) barkingcat (dot) net 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2010-06-09 
Link
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