Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Monroe, Little Monroe, Mt. Franklin, Mt. Eisenhower, Mt. Pierce, NH
Trails: Dry River Trail, Crawford Path, Monroe Loop, Eisenhower Loop
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, September 30, 2018
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Parking along Route 302 has enough space for 10-12 cars on the trailhead side and about the same amount of space on the other side too.  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Mud - Significant 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: There is a fine man-made bridge for the first crossing but then you are on your own for the rest of them. The water was low so we were able to easily hop rock to rock and keep our feet dry, but if there was high water they would be far more challenging.  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: The Dry River Trail was in far better condition then what we expected to find based on all of the posts and feedback we had gotten. We did the loop as a two day backpack trip and we moved at normal speed. The trail was “easy” to follow if you’re familiar with travel in wilderness areas - there are no blazes and limited signs. The treadway was fairly obvious and the blowdowns that have littered the trail were either removed or lying on the ground resulting in easy step overs. There was little mud before the dry river shelter. The onlybspot we “lost” the trail was right after the shelter - there was a fork after the river crossing and we chose the right one, which turned out to be the wrong one. It took us about 20 feet to figure it out and quickly corrected our route. Very few duck unders - great effort has resulted in great (wilderness) conditions.  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Did the hike with a black lab and she did fine.  
Bugs: None.  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: Nothing.  
Comments: Did this one as a two day backpack trip with Monica, Colin, Lyndsey, and Ellie. Day one from Route 302 to Dr River Shelter #3. Saw eight people all day - two near the trailhead as they were coming out, four who were coming down from Lake of the Clouds and setting up tents further down the trail, and two who passed through in what appeared to be a day hike. The shelter is in great condition. Didn’t see anyone on day two until we got to the Lake of the Clouds hut. From there the trails were full of people doing all sorts of things.  
Name: Michael and Monica 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2018-10-01 
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