|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Mt. Pierce, Mt. Jackson, NH|
||Crawford Path, Webster Cliff Trail, Webster Jackson Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Saturday, March 7, 2020|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Typical sunny weekend---packed. |
||Ice - Blue, Ice - Breakable Crust, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Snow - Drifts, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable), Snow/Ice - Monorail (Unstable) |
||Snowshoes, Light Traction |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||Ice Bridges were stable. |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||Pierce to Jackson was rough. Blowdowns everywhere, some with paths to circumvent, others needed creativity. |
|Lost and Found:
||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!
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.