Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Monroe, Mt. Franklin, Mt. Eisenhower, Mt. Pierce, Mt. Jackson, NH
Trails: Crawford Path, Monroe Loop, Crawford Path, Franklin Loop, Crawford Path, Eisenhower Loop, Crawford Path, Mizpah Cut-off, Webster Cliff Trail, Webster-Jackson Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Car was waiting for us on side of the road at top of the notch near Elephant Head. When we went to pick up our car at the Howker Ridge trailhead off of Pinkham B Road we were only car in left there at 5 pm. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Mud - Minor/Avoidable 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Water crossings were easily rock hop-able 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Geez it happened again! Again I watched three college boys head to Mt. Webster and miss the trail off of Jackson's summit and I hope they didn't miss their ride since they added two legs to triangle and some extra elevation and 1.2 miles. Yes the big rock cairn is 50 feet below the cliff but the trail sign is south of the ledge you have to descend and it looks like it is pointing straight--because if you're coming from Mizpah and you get to the trail sign you have already missed the trail. Either a blaze or move the trail sign to the intersection, that and the herd paths make it confusing for hikers that have not been their before! Near Mizpah bog bridges are quite rotten and a trail maintainer was out there trying to make a water move off the trail and she told us she just took out a rotten bog bridge. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Some tough scrambles and not much water but lots of mud between Mizpah and Jackson 
Bugs: none 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: First time (and most likely last time) I stayed at Lake of the Clouds, just too crowded for my liking but the hospitality and hard working hut croo is worth enjoying at least once in your life, thank you! Earplugs and night mask helped but it was a noisy night. They had lots of rubber duckies (some funny prank). Trails were busy with hikers and north bound thru hikers trying hard to get off the ridges before the late afternoon forecasted thunderstorms that came much later after dusk... I do like north to south travel for a presi traverse best since the difficult blocky rock tough footing and big elevation gains are behind. The nicer gentler trail footbeds made the day go by quickly. Trail crew working on Eisenhower and yes the rebuilt summit cairn looks swell and working hard to stop trail creep and making footbed better. There is no sign to indicate that the summit of Mount Piece is not on the Crawford Path (yah I know but geez there are a lot of nice friendly people out there trying their best that don't read their maps if they even have a map). Good fun and best of all my friend had the time of her life! We went straight for the cold beverage store and then went swimming in the Ammo Lower Falls.  
Name: Nordic Gal 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2017-08-17 
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