Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Webster, Mt. Jackson, Mt. Pierce, NH
Trails: US 302, Webster-Jackson Trail, Webster Cliff Trail, Crawford Path
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, March 31, 2018
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Plenty @ Highland Center. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Snow/Ice - Postholes 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Bridged by Ma Nature - no issues. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Open areas just S of Jackson and N of the hut have several felled and nearly felled trees making navigation a bit of a challenge. Nothing else of note on this route. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: I probably saw 5 or 6 today. All were well behaved and having a good time. 
Bugs: None. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: Nothing. 
Comments: -Webster-Jackson Trail to the fork: a little choppy but solid for spikes in the early AM.
-Webster Branch: solid and fairly smooth.
-Webster --> Jackson: some chop and postholes, still solid mid-late morning.
-Jackson --> hut: postholes abound in addition to softening conditions late morning/early afternoon - but trail still mostly supportive.
-Hut --> Pierce: soft and a postholed mess. I switched to snowshoes at the hut, no longer delaying the inevitable.
-Pierce --> 302: still solid above Mizpah Cutoff, increasingly soft and choppy below mid-afternoon.

Make of the above what you will. I encountered a few folks in the afternoon without snowshoes which will likely mess up the trail conditions even more. The theme throughout was to stay on the trail - stepping off to the side you will sink to your knees at least.

It was an absolute gorgeous day to be out! Blue skies and comfy-cool temps made for a very fun loop. I probably saw about 20 others in total - and about half of them were on the home stretch from Pierce. Of all the day's highlights perhaps the best one was chatting with Lady Grey at the alpine bog N of Jackson :)  
Name: HMJ 
E-Mail: trailsntrees(at)gmail(dot)com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2018-03-31 
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