Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Pierce, Mt. Jackson, NH
Trails: Crawford Path, Webster Cliff Trail, Webster Jackson Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, March 7, 2020
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Typical sunny weekend---packed.  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Ice - Blue, Ice - Breakable Crust, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Snow - Drifts, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable), Snow/Ice - Monorail (Unstable) 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Ice Bridges were stable.  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Pierce to Jackson was rough. Blowdowns everywhere, some with paths to circumvent, others needed creativity.  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Started with a road hike from the parking lot at the bottom of Jackson to the Crawford Path. Hike up Pierce was perfect---trail in pristine shape. Views today were out of this world. No need for snowshoes on the accent. Light wind at the top---most folks were headed toward Eisenhower or right back to the car.

Hike from Pierce to Jackson was another story. The trail had been demolished by post-holing. Snowshoes were needed the entire way to prevent rolling an ankle. Between Mizpah Hut and Jackson the trail was nearly non-existent. Drifts were 2-3 feet high at points, the trail (marked with white) was challenging and blow downs littered the trail. We lost the trail somewhere around 0.5 miles from Jackson summit and had to blaze for a while until we spotted some logs set out to help cross a marshy area in the summer. This trail was in rough shape and hadn't been traveled on in a few days; there were few tracks.

Jackson summit was full of pristine mountain views and the decent was fast due to the great trail conditions. Everyone on the decent was wearing microspikes---no need for snowshoes.

Beautiful day in the mountains!
Name: Ben&Megan 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2020-03-07 
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