Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Washington, Mt. Monroe, NH
Trails: Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail, Monroe Loop Trail, Crawford Path, Cog Tracks
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Friday, April 22, 2011
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Parking at lower lot at Marshfield Station 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Ice - Blue, Ice - Breakable Crust, Snow - Wet/Sticky, Snow - Spring Snow 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction, Goggles, Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: easy for the most part, the one above the gorge has a high bank and you need to pull yourself up onto the trail from crossing 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: needs to be blazed better! 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: should be fine for experienced doggies just be careful on the steeps 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: There's a hiking pole off the monroe loop trail at the tiny steep snow/ice field 
Comments: Ammonoosuc had a few inches of fluffly snow on top of hard pack in the morning (I'm assuming it got chewed up a bit in the afternoon though especially below Gem Pool). Trail was hard to follow in spots and I finally lost it for good about a half mile from hut but had solid stryfoam snow without spruce traps. Snowshoes were perfect until hut but knew others who wore crampons and were fine.

Monroe Loop Trail - packed snow, minor drifts, wavey ice and snow, small steep snow/ice field in one spot that I went up but bypassed on the way down. Others just made a b-line for the summit from hut which was easier than staying on the trail. crampons were traction of choice but snowshoes with decent bite would be fine.

Crawford Path to Washington - styrofoam snow, there is a semi steep snow field a few tenths of a mile from hut, I was extra cautious and went above it but it's not that difficult so shouldn't be a problem.

Cog Tacks - Above Jacob's ladder crampons are helpful but some skiers were able to bare boot these sections by just being careful  
Name: Chris 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2011-04-22 
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