Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Pierce, Mt. Eisenhower, Mt. Monroe, Mt. Washington, NH
Trails: Crawford Path, Webster Cliff Trail, Eisenhower Loop, Monroe Loop, Gulfside, Jewell Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, March 26, 2016
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Ammonoosuc Ravine parking still closed, there were only a couple of cars at Marshfield Station and Crawford Path at 6:30/7:00, both were pretty full when I left at 3:30/4:00. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Ice - Black, Ice - Blue, Ice - Breakable Crust, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable), Snow - Wet/Sticky 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction, Traction, Ice Axe 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes:  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Jewell Trail has some significant blowdowns that need to be squirmed between 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Saw a couple of happy dogs on Monroe 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Beautiful day for a Southern Presi traverse + Washington. Blue skies, visibility to Atlantic and Long Range in VT. I only wore my lightest layers all day, no gloves/hat either and got a sunburn.

I parked at Marshfield and rode my bike to Crawford Path, Clinton Road is open, only a little ice close to Crawford parking lot. All trails were very icy, but the ice was soft due to temperature and sun. I saw about half the hikers using crampons and the other half using microspikes and hillsounds. I wore microspikes up to treeline and down Jewell Trail, but crampons the rest of the time. I would not have been comfortable with less than crampons above treeline and there were times I wish I had an ice ax (ice slide on Gulfside Trail into Great Gulf was sketchy, I would suggest snowwhacking around if there is enough snow coverage left after today). I saw probably 50 hikers today, most of which I talked to and it sounded like Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail is super icy and all suggested not going down it.

I have a ton of photos and videos to post on my blog, but it will take some time to process them all.  
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2016-03-26 
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