|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Mt. Eisenhower, NH|
||Edmands Path, Eisenhower Loop|
|Date of Hike:
||Sunday, August 11, 2019|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Amazingly, parking was available in the trailhead lot. Probably the overcast, cool, windy weather kept the crowds down. Mt Clinton Road, as many of you likely know is only open from the Crawford Notch entrance. While it is a paved thoroughfare, due to its neglected condition, it is an rough amusement park ride. Don't plan on racing up 2-1/2 miles of this road unless you enjoy bouncing your brain against your vehicle's interior and wondering what you were thinking. |
||Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||Easy and few. |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||Aside from some erosion areas, Edmunds Path is in great shape. All the blow downs are cleared, esp in the micro-burst area around mile 1.8 or so. |
||Saw a few. The coolest pooch was a beagle with a gps antenna. Looked, maybe, a touch cartoonish, but so geeky and yet practical for tracking his whereabouts. |
||Nothing until we had descended to the last mile and the sun came out and woke up all the little pests. Even so, not much of a problem, except when we stopped and they acquired target lock. ;-)
|Lost and Found:
||This report has the proper date -- the Monday August 12, 2019 report for same hike had the wrong date. Sorry!|
Cold and windy start. Nearby Mt Washington,s observatory reported 42 deg F, 50 mph sustained and 66 mph gusts when we were near and then on Ike's summit. Probably closer to 48 deg F and 35-40 mph sustained and some 45 mph gusts on Eisenhower's bald head. No view from the summit, due t low clouds and fog while we summitted, but others arriving later on may have had better luck with views.
We enjoyed our hike and a good lunch stop on Edmund's Path just below the summit, where the path is open to a talus field, and starts to descend into the Krumenholz lined area (short spruce). It was enough shielded from the chilly wind blasts that we could sit comfortably on a rock tableau and watch the fog roll by up the valley, and occasionally capture a glimpse of the ridges to the North, cog railway base station and expanse of valley below. Magnificent hike and lovely foggy day that ended with sunshine and more warmth on the trails below in time to finish up, tailgate and then head home. Ike is always a great hike. No regrets.
||Wing Footed Boy |
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.