|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Mt. Washington, Mt. Monroe, NH|
||Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail, Crawford Path, Monroe Loop|
|Date of Hike:
||Friday, April 12, 2019|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Plenty of parking at ammo lot ($5) or can park at Cog base-station .4 mile up for $10 |
||Ice - Blue, Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Ice - Breakable Crust, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Snow - Drifts, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable), Snow - Wet/Sticky, Snow - Spring Snow |
||Snowshoes, Light Traction, Traction |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||All can be crossed on ice bridges (some lower are weakening) or hoppable. Note the blue ice at the hut has some water underneath it, use caution crossing the blue ice by the hut. |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
|Lost and Found:
||Big Wind Day, marked 85th anniversary of the 231 MPH observed wind on Washington. Ascent was good to hut, the last mil is the "steep" and some ice under the snow, traction / light works OK but snow is softening so snowshoes (especially televators) are not out of question. I wore snow-shoes in parts on descent due to softening snow, but Hillsounds were fine for ascent. |
Reached Lake of the Cloud Hut and noticed clouds rolling in, until then things looked nice. Went up Monroe, and clouds really rolled in. Descending back to hut and having snack. and then decided to go for Washington but with caution and preparation to turn around if visibility dropped more. About 300 feet from summit the visibility dropped and even with compass readings I decided to abort vs continuing on and down Jewell Trail (original plan). Is OK, been up many time and many more to come and safety is first.
Use caution on the blue ice at the hut. This is overflow from the pond and under the top crust is water. While not deep it can wet your feet quickly. The snowdrift to the roof on the hut is fantastic.
Descent on Ammo should be done with caution. The snow / ice field is slick especially with snow balling on feet and getting soft.
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.