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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Mt. Pierce, Mt. Eisenhower, NH
Trails
Trails: Crawford Connector, Crawford Path, Webster Cliff Trail, Eisenhower Loop
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Friday, April 22, 2011
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Crawford Connector lot off Mt. Clinton Road open. Mt. Clinton Road still completely snow covered beyond lot. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Ice - Blue, Snow - Drifts, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable), Standing/Running Water on Trail, Slush, Snow - Spring Snow 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: No significant water crossings via this route, minor ones are still snow bridged. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: A few draggable blowdowns on the Crawford Connector. One or two stepovers on lower Crawford Path. A duck under on the upper Crawford Path, above Mizpah junction. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs
Bugs: A few flying around down low, none biting. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: Top to bottom snow cover for Pierce, 2 to 6 feet deep, with a trace to an inch of newer snow on top. A little bit of monorail on the Crawford Connector, but Crawford Path proper doesn't have any yet.

Spring snow on Crawford Path. Breaking into the scrub below treeline, a herd path goes diagonally uphill (plenty of tracks), whilst the Crawford Path sort of holds the contour. Webster Cliff Trail had some soft blue ice, slush, and snow. 360 degree views from Pierce due to deep snowpack.

Crawford Path from Webster Cliff to Eisenhower Loop still generally snow covered, with a few exposed ledges. Very deep in some places, with other places was just the footbed filled in. Trail meanders in a few places, but I tried to correct it (of course my snowshoe tracks will vanish with the rain). Above the first steps on Eisenhower Loop, much less snow, aside from some slush, running water, and occasional 6-8" drift.


I wore snowshoes for the entire hike, aside from the upper Eisenhower Loop. Others were booting with light traction without much issue, though upcoming weather could make trail very soft...a good idea to at least carry snowshoes, considering how deep the snow is up there (estimated 4 feet deep at the Mizpah junction, for instance).  
Name
Name: rocket21 
E-Mail
E-Mail: rocket21 at franklinwebpublishing dot com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2011-04-22 
Link
Link: http://www.franklinsites.com/hikephotos/NewHampshire/mtpierce-2011-0422.php 
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