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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Mt. Pierce, NH
Trails
Trails: Crawford Path, Mizpah Cutoff, Webster Cliff Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: N/A left from Highland Center 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Snow - Drifts, Snow - Spring Snow, Snow/Ice - Postholes, Slush 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: None to speak of. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: 2 blowdowns down low on Crawford Path. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Winter hiking dogs would do fine on this route. 
Bugs
Bugs: None yet. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: Decided to go out for a morning hike to hopefully beat the rain. Originally planned on going only to Mizpah but the trail was broken out above the hut so I did a loop over Pierce and down Crawford Path again. Crawford Path to Mizpah cutoff was well packed with some loose spring snow on top so snowshoes worked well. The cutoff to the hut was much of the same, it was previously broken out by someone so there was a firm track to follow. Once at the hut (it is buried up to the second floor windows with snow still). I saw the webster cliff trail up towards pierce was broken so I decided to follow it to see how far it went. Turns out the trail is broken all the way up to the summit. The blazes on the part of the trail above the hut (the steepest section) are about an inch above the snow and there is no sign of the stairs as they are buried under feet of snow. Lots of low branches with water and wet snow falling off of them once in the alpine zone. The trail was choppy through here but was able to follow it to the summit. Above tree line there was standing water and slush before getting back onto Crawford Path. The summit cairn on Pierce is just starting to poke out of the snow so there is still a good 4 feet on the summit itself. All in all a great day in the woods. As of now the trail is in great shape other than the couple hundred yards of it that is exposed above tree line. Snowshoes were still the way to go for this route. Wore them the whole time.  
Name
Name: TheRealDLawson 
E-Mail
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Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2017-03-28 
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