|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Mt. Pierce, Mt. Eisenhower (attempt), NH|
||Crawford Connector, Crawford Path, Webster Cliff Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Monday, March 12, 2018|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Only 3 cars in a large lot at the Crawford Connector. Don't forget to pay the $5 fee if you don't have a sticker;-) |
||Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Drifts |
||Snowshoes, Light Traction, Traction |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||Uneventful except that 2 or 3 crossings had become gullies, with snow melting over the stream, while accumulating on either side. Not a problem for boots, but awkward for snowshoes |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||Only one significant duck under. With snow depth and my large pack, it was a crawl-under both directions for me. |
||None seen, heard or observed, unless it was a dog that peed in the middle of the trail on Crawford Path. I hope it wasn't a human... |
||None, not even snow fleas... |
|Lost and Found:
||A knitted balaclava thing was hanging on the kiosk when I returned ||
||Great day for a snowshoe hike. Met 13 people, but only 1 or 2 with snowshoes. There were a few sections that would've been better with at least microspikes.|
Crawford Path was perfectly packed and cleared, up to the junction with Webster-Jackson, just below Pierce. From there up to Pierce's summit, there was significant drifting and obscuring of the trail. I followed postholes for part of the way, and they probably weren't on the trail. It was easier descending.
I added "Eisenhower (attempt)" because I had a lengthy conversation with a hiker who'd been to Eisenhower, breaking trail on Crawford Path all the way. He talked about struggling with "three foot cornices." So with additional snow, this route would be particularly difficult, even more so than the short stretch up to Pierce's summit.
||Darrell Hart |
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.