|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Mt. Carrigain, NH|
||Sawyer River Road, Signal Ridge Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Tuesday, January 12, 2016|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Parking lot was quite icy. |
||Ice - Black, Ice - Blue, Ice - Breakable Crust, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular |
||Light Traction |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||As expected after Sunday's rain-melt event, crossing of Carrigain Brook was sketchy. Studied various unsavory options before choosing the lesser of evils. Waterproof boots mandatory this day! |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
|Lost and Found:
||Sawyer River Road was hard packed by the snowmobiles pre rain-melt on Sunday and was barebootable, not icy.|
Lower Signal Ridge Trail was quite icy near the river. Brand new Hillsound spikes much appreciated. :) Over height of land on the flats was a stretch of beautiful green ice in the trail with water running through the center. Toyed with taking the old trail at relo #3, took a look at the Carrigain River crossing, and backtracked to the new route as we could not see a viable way across river sans fishing waders. Crossing at new, improved trail wasn't a whole lot better. We ended up going just a tad downstream and ended up getting only 2-3" of our thankfully waterproof boots under water.
Majority of remainder of route up to summit was a cakewalk for this time of year. There were 3-4 small stretches where it was obvious that deluges of water had come down during Sunday's rains, leaving a surface of frozen leaves. Most of trail was a relatively smooth, hard packed surface that made for fast walking. Almost "boilerplate" conditions off trail!
Awesome views from Signal Ridge pre-snowstorm. Had the entire mountain to ourselves this day.
||Snowflea & Fancypants |
Disclaimer: Reports are not verified - conditions may vary. Use at own risk. Always be prepared when hiking. Observe all signs. Trail conditions reports are not substitutes for weather reports or common sense.