Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Jefferson, Emerald Bluff, NH
Trails: Air Line, Short Line, Randolph Path, Log Cabin Cutoff, Lowe's Path, Perch Path, Gulfside Trail, Mt. Jefferson Loop, Israel Ridge Path, Emerald Trail, spur path
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Thursday, September 12, 2019
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: I counted five other vehicles at Appalachia at 0800 - a nice change from the weekends. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: No issues on this route. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Sign for Randolph Path at southern Israel Ridge junction is still missing - I reported this to the Perch caretaker. Sign for Jefferson Loop at Gulfside Trail junction is on the ground - I will report this to the USFS. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Didn't see any. 
Bugs: Non-existent. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: Nothing. 
Comments: No significant issues on any of these trail segments. Maybe some minor mud or a puddle here and there but that's about it.

The objective was to set up camp at the Perch and then walk up to Jefferson with time to roam a bit. To do this I took Air Line and Short Line to Randolph Path - which is a pleasure to hike. On the way I took a quick detour to the Log Cabin and read a few entries in the log book. After grabbing a platform at the Perch and a bite to eat I headed up to Jefferson. Weather at the top was in and out of the clouds (though mostly in) but on the plus side I had the peak to myself for a while. I wrote off a sunset so on descent I took Israel Ridge Path to Emerald Trail to Emerald Bluff with a wonderful view of Castle Ravine and the Castellated Ridge. After I got back to the Perch and had dinner the clouds disappeared but I didn't have enough time to get back to Emerald Bluff so I watched it from the tentsite, viewing it over the privy - a first for me :)

Not a lot of people above the tress. Below treeline I only saw two other people: the caretaker and another person camping at the Perch this night.  
Name: HMJ 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2019-09-13 
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