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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Mt. Carrigain, NH
Trails
Trails: Signal Ridge Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, April 30, 2016
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: I checked the WMNF Road Status page yesterday which showed Sawyer River Road as still being closed. I had no reason to call for confirmation and was prepared to do the road walk to the trailhead proper. Imagine my surprise when I pulled off 302 and found the gate OPEN! 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Snow - Trace/Minimal Depth, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Snow - Wet/Sticky, Mud - Significant, Snow - Spring Snow, Slush, Snow/Ice - Small Patches 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: The one near the Carrigain Notch Trail junction wasn't much of a problem today. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: One scrubby limb nearly covers the most of trail maybe a mile or so in. A couple of other larger blowdowns along the way are easy step-overs. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: I heard one at the summit which did not come up to the tower. I encountered three with their owners on my way out. 
Bugs
Bugs: Not today. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: There's a beige Mickey Mouse bucket hat on a limb low on the trail. I left it there. 
 
Comments
Comments: The trail is 99.9% free of winter for the first 2.5 miles or so. Then it was intermittent soft snow/slush on top of ice for maybe another .5 mile after which this condition became constant to the ridge. The ridge is dry with spots of wet and mud, then goes back to the snow/slush/ice condition once back into the trees and up to the summit. I used a good set of Microspikes on and off and believe rock spikes would have been fine (I wish I had brought mine). It seems most folks had light traction but there were at least two who barebooted all the way and I passed some others sans traction on my way out - some of whom wished they had some.

I was surprised there were not more people out today. When I got to the top there were maybe 7-8 people there already and three when I left. I stayed on the deck for an hour and a half chatting with folks, taking pics and enjoying the abundant sun, near zero wind and stunning views. I hadn't been to Mt. Carrigain in a while and it's days like this I wonder why.  
Name
Name: HMJ 
E-Mail
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Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2016-04-30 
Link
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