Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Jackson, Mt. Pierce, Mt. Eisenhower, Mt. Franklin, Mt. Monroe, NH
Trails: Webster-Jackson Trail, Webster Cliff Trail, Crawford Path, Eisenhower Loop, Franklin Loop, Monroe Loop, Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Tuesday, November 8, 2016
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Since the forecast was calling for nice warm temps today, I spotted a bike and helmet in the woods at the Cog winter lot--no issues. Did the hike south-to-north solely so that the 5.5 mile bike ride would be mostly downhill at the end of the day! (I once walked this so don't need to ever do it again. The bike ride took 1/4 the time.) Mt. Clinton Road is pretty bumpy but is more of an issue in a vehicle than on the bike. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Trace/Minimal Depth, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Snow - Drifts, Slush 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: All easy rock hops today. Wore spikes for Gem Pool crossing. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: See John and Pepper's excellent NETC report from two days ago: I am tired and lazy tonight. ;p 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs: Saw a couple. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Webster-Jackson Trail was sloppy today. Wore old spikes from about 1/4 mile below Jackson summit to just below Eisenhower summit, with a coupla on-offs. Jackson to Mizpah was sort of tedious ice maneuvering on this often very wet section of trail.

Pierce to Eisenhower was getting to be more of a slopfest of slushy sections with the very warm temps and full sun but wasn't too-too bad.... and I'm definitely not complaining! It was gorgeous up there! :) Conditions/footing improved the higher I climbed such that halfway between Ike and Franklin, it was more powdery snow. Just a bit of post holing through small drifts.

Saw an impressive set of very fresh BEAR TRACKS at 5000 ft. just south of Mt. Franklin coming up from Dry River direction. SO cool! Have never seen bear tracks above treeline in the Whites before. Only wish I could've seen the bear, too.

Took a break at Lakes, where it felt like 90 degrees, before dropping down Ammy. Light traction is necessary. I kept spikes on til well past Gem Pool...

Bike ride back was fast and fun but felt a little weird in boots and carrying a pack.

PS: I voted previously so as to not squander a good weather day. :)  
Name: Snowflea 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2016-11-08 
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