Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Carrigain, NH
Trails: Signal Ridge Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Friday, August 14, 2015
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Long, narrow, well maintained dirt road to the parking area. The trail sign and parking areas are clearly marked. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Mud - Significant 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: On the way up, I took the old section of the Signal Ridge Trail. There are two water crossings. With careful foot placement you can get across the Whiteface Brook with dry feet. The second water crossing was an easy walk across. On the way back I took the rerouted section. This section of the trail has log crossings and one easy walk across. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Before the hike, I read a trail log mentioning a section of the Signal Ridge Trail had been rerouted, but the AMC map still shows the old route. According to the “4000 Footers of the White Mountains – A Guide and History, 2nd Edition”, several relocations were made on the Signal Ridge trail in 2012. The new section follows the south side of the Whiteface Brook avoiding a potentially difficult brook crossing. When I got to this section of the trail a small arrow clearly directs you to the right, but my map and GPS told me to go left. I ignored the arrow and continued left onto the old trail. The trail was a little overgrown, but much better than a lot of the trails I’ve hiked and it turned out to be much shorter than the reroute. The water crossing was tame, but deep enough that the ERD had to swim part of it. The old trail eventually dumps you back onto the main trail. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: The ERD (my 10 lb chihuahua) enjoyed the hike and bonded with a lot of hikers along the way. It was hot so I stopped frequently to keep him hydrated. On the way back on a particularly rocky section of the ridge, I noticed he was walking on the outside of the trail trying to avoid the rocks. So, I put him up on my pack for a little while to give his feet a break. Passing hikers were amused to see a dog on my pack. Plenty of water on the trail. All and all I think it's a good trail for dogs who are used to hiking.  
Bugs: I got nabbed by a few black flies! I thought those buggers were gone for the season!  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: none 
Name: solowoodlandwanderer 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2015-08-16 
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