Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Pierce, NH
Trails: Crawford Path, Mizpah Cutoff, Crawford Path, Mt. Eisenhower Trail, Dry River Cutoff, Dry River Trail, Mt. Clinton Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Friday, June 15, 2018
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Parked at the Highland Center on Friday, we were volunteering at Mizpah for the weekend, not crowded on Friday AM, but very on Sunday PM when we returned.  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Significant 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Dry River Crossing on Mt Eisenhower Trail was challenging. Made it across on the way to the Dry River Trail, but got wet on the way back, fell in thigh deep. All other crossings on Dry River Cutoff rock hoppable.  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Crews working on the Crawford Path between 302 and the Mizpah Cutoff doing rock work. Mt Eisenhower trail in good shape until the last 1/2 mile before the Dry River Cutoff, multiple blowdowns, most able to go over a few necessary to bushwhack around (ran into the trail adopters today going for a trip to survey the work). Dry River Cutoff, some blowdowns and hard to follow for the first 1/4 mile, took a wrong turn over a stream and ended up in a bootleg campsite. Had to retrace and bushwhack to get back on trail, otherwise some tough areas, but not too bad following the footbed. Mt Clinton Trail below Mizpah a disaster area, many blowdowns, look like matchsticks, they did a great job just making a trail through it all, some step overs but at least it is open to the Hut. Remember this is a wilderness area so no blazes, be prepared to route find.  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs: I didn't think they were bad, but the wife had her bug net out. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Nice redlining loop to pick up the Mt Eisenhower Trail and the Dry River Cutoff from the Crawford Path since we were the Info Vols at Mizpah for the weekend we only had to get back to the hut. Liked the Mt Eisenhower Trail, some steep drops at first but mostly pretty gentle and good footbed. Over to the Dry River Trail, the water crossing was tough as was the trail finding over to the Dry River Trail, mostly just a washed out stream bed. Took the Dry River Trail to Isolation West and then back to the Dry River Cutoff. Be careful on the Dry River Cutoff in the first 0.1 mile, need to take the first water crossing, the 2nd one leads to a bootleg campsite. Otherwise not to tough to follow some blowdowns and climb overs, but it is uphill all the way to the Mt Clinton Trail. Mt Clinton Trail as mentioned above not bad to follow but really tight since there is a lot of blowdowns from the October 2017 storm.  
Name: Frinda 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2018-06-18 
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