|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Mt. Pierce, Mt. Eisenhower , NH|
||Crawford Path, Webster Cliff Trail, Eisenhower Loop, Edmands Path, Mt. Clinton Road|
|Date of Hike:
||Thursday, November 14, 2019|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Surprised to see Mt. Clinton Road still open. I wouldn’t personally take the chance driving it, even with AWD and snow tires. There was one truck parked at Edmands Path trailhead. |
||Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow - Drifts |
||Snowshoes, Light Traction |
|Water Crossing Notes:
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||Crawford Path: two blowdowns in the same spot between Mizpah Cutoff and treeline. Edmands Path: one blowdown in the upper section. We didn’t bring our folding saw today, but they weren’t huge... |
||Kind of cold and windy |
||Not bugs but we saw fresh bear prints in four spots, including twice at ~4200 feet!! So cool. |
|Lost and Found:
||Not exactly a Presi day but incredibly gorgeous, and we saw only one other hiker, he on lower Edmands. There is snow coverage the entire way. We barebooted up Crawford Path to Pierce, then wore snowshoes to Mt. Eisenhower and most of the way down Edmands. There are some good, deep drifts to punch through, and the snowshoes were worth every ounce today. Has we not had them, we would not have made it to Ike. With the strong winds and more snow late yesterday, surely all the drifts have reformed. Snowshoes ++|
As we approached Eisenhower, the winds and snow picked up in intensity, so we decided to pay our respects to J. Raynor Edmands and descend his lovely namesake trail. A winter wonderland 5 weeks early. We snowshoed most of the way down, but snowshoes were really helpful only in the upper part; lower down was pretty bony.
The 2-mile stroll back on Mt. Clinton Road was pleasant. We met a cross country skier skiing on the still ungated road!
Lots of fresh bear tracks today! :)
||Snowflea & Fancypants |
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.