|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Mt. Webster, Mt. Jackson, Mt. Pierce, NH|
||US 302, Webster-Jackson Trail, Webster Cliff Trail, Crawford Path|
|Date of Hike:
||Saturday, March 31, 2018|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Plenty @ Highland Center. |
||Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Snow/Ice - Postholes |
||Snowshoes, Light Traction |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||Bridged by Ma Nature - no issues. |
|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. |
||I probably saw 5 or 6 today. All were well behaved and having a good time. |
|Lost and Found:
||-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 :)
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.