Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Washington, Mt. Monroe, NH
Trails: Tuckerman Ravine Trail, Fire Road, Huntington Ravine Trail, Nelson Crag Trail, Crawford Path, Monroe Loop, Tuckerman Ravine Crossover
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Thursday, August 24, 2017
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Joe Dodge lot was partially closed off, but almost full by 8 AM. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Rock hoppable on Huntington Ravine Trail. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Some jerk went through very recently (e.g. this week) and knocked over the cairns on Tuckerman Ravine Crossover (from Crawford Path) up to Davis Path, then did the same northbound on Davis Path. Not only did they knock over these historic cairns, but they also left the rocks laying on the adjacent fragile alpine growth, smothering it. We did our best to try to pick up some of the rock and do a little rebuilding, but it's going to take some time (and will need to be done ASAP before the plants die). Now a safety hazard in low visibility as well, and may lead to more trampling of plants as folks try to figure out where the trail is. I hope the party/parties responsible are caught and prosecuted accordingly. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Not recommended for dogs due to scrambles and jagged, pad cutting rock. 
Bugs: Minimal 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Access road portion of Tuckerman Ravine Trail was generally dry and a little less rocky than my last time up it, as it appears drainage and excavation had been done. Noted significant excavation taking place on the adjacent Sherburne ski trail (excavator up near HoJos).

Took the Fire Road to Harvard Cabin (a few wet spots, but otherwise okay), then hopped onto Huntington Ravine Trail. Some wet rock, including a little around the fan, but could be ascended with care. Some blazes are very faded and the corridor is overgrown in places.

Nelson Crag Trail was mostly dry to the summit.

Crawford Path down to the hut was mostly dry, as was Monroe Loop.

Very disappointing to see someone destroyed the historic cairns on Tuckerman Ravine Crossover and Davis Path (trail maintenance notes above). Trail is hard to follow at the moment, as it's already a bit vague. Now a safety hazard in low visibility.

Tuckerman Ravine Trail had some wet rock down the steps, but was otherwise in okay shape.

Hot and humid to start, then cold/windy/foggy up top, then partly sunny/warm at the end. Apart from Huntington Ravine Trail (relative solitude), everything was quite crowded.  
Name: rocket21 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2017-08-24 
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