Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Washington, NH
Trails: Tuckerman Ravine Trail, Lion Head Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, December 29, 2019
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: parking lot was nearly full at 7am 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Ice - Blue, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable) 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Traction, Ice Axe 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Tucks ravine has bridges over everything. One easy step over on Lion Head 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Everything was in great shape 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: I saw a few on Tuck's ravine trail on my way out, but none up high 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Absolutely beautiful day! Plenty of sun, mild temps, mild wind except for the summit where it was gusting pretty good. Completed in 6.25 hours.

Tucks ravine trail was wide and packed, light traction is fine, however something with more bite is definitely needed for Lion head and above. I wore K10s for the entirety and they got me there and back. Most folks that I saw had full crampons and mountaineering boots.
There were two sections on the way down that I would have loved to have those extra 2 front points so I could toe pick down the steep sections. I had to put my faith in the ice axe as an anchor while searching for enough of a step to dig into.

Ice axe was also good security to have in my hand on the summit cone. Snow is packed pretty good with some icy spots, and if one were to slip it would be a long slide down without something to stop you.

Lots of friendly folks out! It was a pleasure meeting and chatting with everyone, and sharing a laugh over my blown out snowpants (my 4am duct tape fix didn't hold for long)
Many thanks to the group at the summit for taking my picture at the summit sign (weird not having 100 tourists in line...)

link to video below  
Name: Woodman Worldwide 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2019-12-30 
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