Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Jackson, Mt. Webster, NH
Trails: Saco River Trail, Dry River Trail, Mt. Eisenhower Trail, Dry River Cut-Off, Mt. Clinton Trail, Webster Cliff Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, September 3, 2016
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Parked at the end of Willey House Station Road by route 302. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Mud - Significant 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: The crossing of the Dry River on the Mt Eisenhower Trail was okay today. This crossing could be quite difficult or perhaps impossible when the water level is high. The water crossings on the Dry River Trail and Dry River Cut-Off were easy today. The suspension bridge across the Dry River avoids a tough crossing of the Dry River. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: The Dry River Cut-Off trail requires extensive trimming. Spruce/Fir and Hobblebush branches extend in to the pathway quite frequently. I was poked in the eye by an evergreen branch. Most of the bog bridges are deteriorated with spikes exposed. Plenty of mud. Watch out for a birch tree across the Dry River trail about four feet above the surface. It was located just downhill from a tributary crossing on the Dry River Trail south of the junction with the Isolation Trail - West.  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Saw dogs on the Webster Cliff Trail 
Bugs: Only a few by the river 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Decided to go up Mt Jackson on a loop hike. I hadn't been up the Dry River Trail after tropical storm Irene hit in 2011. Much of the Dry River Trail follows the original route. There are some re-routes due to the river bank erosion or collapse. The re-routes are rough and often muddy. At one point on the Dry River Trail there is a view up the Dry River Valley to Mt Monroe and Mt Washington. Always nice to visit the remote Dry River Falls. There are no signs to the falls. There is a muddy herd path to the lower view point and a drier side herd path to the upper section of the falls.
The Dry River Cut-Off needs some attention. At least the tree growth needs to be cut back.
The Webster Cliff Trail was in good condition. It is a rough trail in places. The views from this trail are great. I saw no gray jays on Mt Jackson today.  
E-Mail: WAUMBEK at Roadrunner dot com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2016-09-03 
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