|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Mt. Pierce, Mt. Eisenhower, Mt. Franklin, Mt. Monroe, NH|
||Crawford Connector, Crawford Path, Webster Cliff Trail, Eisenhower Loop, Monroe Loop|
|Date of Hike:
||Sunday, April 17, 2016|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Plenty of room in the fee lot at the Crawford Connector trailhead |
||Wet Trail, Ice - Blue, Ice - Breakable Crust, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable |
||Light Traction, Traction |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||Runoff streams easily stepped over |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||Trails in good condition. The log bridges on Crawford Path below Crawford - Mizpah Cut-Off split are starting to deteriorate but are fine for now. |
||Only if the dog is comfortable with icy surfaces |
||Saw a few flying insects but they weren't bothersome |
|Lost and Found:
||Transition season. A mixed bag of surface conditions. I was able to bare boot up to about 3,000 feet with careful foot placement in sections with ice. Thereafter up to the Webster Cliff trail junction I wore the trail crampons. There is a lot of ice with water flowing over the surface in this section. The Webster Cliff trail to the summit of Mt Pierce was mainly bare ledges and no traction required. I wore the trail crampons on the Crawford Path heading north from Mt Pierce until passing the icy pitches not too far from the Webster Cliff junction. Northward from this point I was able to bare boot through to Mt Monroe. There was snow/ice in the scrub shaded dips on the ridge. Even with today's warm temperatures there was no tendency for postholing. Snowshoes are not needed. Lots of puddles and running water on the paths. I would recommend sharp traction to avoid slips and falls especially on descent. I saw some other hikers with questionable gear for the conditions including one with only yak-trax.|
Many hikers out on the unseasonably warm day. One northbound AT hiker was on the trail. Good views today.
On the trip home I saw an ambulance and other vehicles at Willey Station Road. Hopefully it ends up well.
||WAUMBEK at Roadrunner dot com |
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.