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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Mt. Pierce, Mt. Eisenhower, Mt. Monroe, Mt. Washington, NH
Trails
Trails: Crawford Connector, Crawford Path, Eisenhower Loop, Monroe Loop
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, April 23, 2017
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Plenty of parking in the Crawford Path lot 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Ice - Blue, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable), Mud - Significant, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Unstable), Snow - Spring Snow, Slush 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: N/A on this route 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: A couple of blowdowns (one step-over and the one leaner that's been there for a while) on the Crawford Path heading up Pierce 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Saw a few happy dogs out there enjoying the spring snow and sunshine 
Bugs
Bugs:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: What a stellar day to be out in the mountains, made even more interesting by the fact that conditions changed so drastically over the course of the day - perhaps more so than I've ever experienced in my many years of hiking! Such a neat thing to witness, and one of the many reasons I truly love these mountains.

I hiked these peaks as an out-and-back from Crawford Notch. I won't go into detail on the hike to Washington, as those conditions are now obsolete... :)

Washington to Lakes of the Clouds Hut via Crawford Path: mix of rock and snow with some very sloppy snow-melty sections. The snowfield on the lower portion of this stretch is easily crossed. Spikes/bareboots would both suffice.

Lakes of the Clouds Hut - Monroe Loop - Crawford Path - Eisenhower Loop: almost entirely melted out. Tons of running water on the trail which made for slow going. All can be barebooted at this stage.

Crawford Path to Pierce: Mix of bare rock, a little mud, and a few (still firm) snowy stretches. Once again, all barebootable.

Pierce to Crawford Path Parking: Firm monorail throughout, even in the afternoon. I carried snowshoes but did not need to use them. The bottom mile or so is melting out fast and is a mix of rock/snow. All can be barebooted or microspiked.

Such a treat to run into Michael, Monica, Erica, and many other friends out there.  
Name
Name: LRiz 
E-Mail
E-Mail: larisa [dot] dannis [at] gmail [dot] com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2017-04-23 
Link
Link: http://www.strava.com/activities/955425275 
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