|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Mt. Pierce, Mt. Eisenhower, Mt. Monroe, Mt. Washington, NH|
||Crawford Connector, Crawford Path, Eisenhower Loop, Monroe Loop|
|Date of Hike:
||Sunday, April 23, 2017|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Plenty of parking in the Crawford Path lot |
||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 |
||Light Traction |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||N/A on this route |
|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 |
||Saw a few happy dogs out there enjoying the spring snow and sunshine |
|Lost and Found:
||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.
||larisa [dot] dannis [at] gmail [dot] com |
Disclaimer: Reports are not verified - conditions may vary. Use at own risk. Always be prepared when hiking. Observe all signs. Trail conditions reports are not substitutes for weather reports or common sense.