|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Mt. Washington, Mt. Monroe, NH|
||Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail, Monroe Loop Trail, Crawford Path, Cog Tracks|
|Date of Hike:
||Friday, April 22, 2011|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Parking at lower lot at Marshfield Station |
||Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Ice - Blue, Ice - Breakable Crust, Snow - Wet/Sticky, Snow - Spring Snow |
||Snowshoes, Light Traction, Goggles, Traction |
|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:
||needs to be blazed better! |
||should be fine for experienced doggies just be careful on the steeps |
|Lost and Found:
||There's a hiking pole off the monroe loop trail at the tiny steep snow/ice field ||
||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
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.