Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Eisenhower, Mt. Pierce, Mt. Jackson, NH
Trails: Crawford Path, Eisenhower Loop, Webster Cliff Trail, Webster Jackson Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, May 16, 2020
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Parking at Mount Clinton Trailhead is closed, but you can drive around the barricades easily (some did, not us) or pull off the road next to the TH. Seems pointless. Mt Clinton Road is open to Edmands 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Ice - Black, Snow - Trace/Minimal Depth, Wet Trail, Ice - Blue, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable), Mud - Significant, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Unstable), Snow/Ice - Postholes, Slush, Snow/Ice - Small Patches 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: All crossings where hoppable at the beginning on Crawford, the care factor of wet feet ebbed considerably through the day and I think the one on WJ was crossable 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Webster Cliff Trail from Pierce to Jackson could greatly benefit from brushing and saw work, all other trails fine but that trail is a mess 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Saw some doggoes out today 
Bugs: The winds kept the bug away 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: Several lost nano spikes where noted at trail signs. 
Comments: What a day! It started with people asking us why we had snowshoes with us... We brought them to ensure the trails would be hard packed. Crawford path is dry/wet/boney/bare bootable for a good bit, we put spikes on before the Nauman junction. It was quite firm to this point but quickly became soft. Firmed up again, though. We continued to wear just spikes for a huge portion of the day.

The trail to Ike was broke and still quite firm, but it should be noted there is undermining of all the ice/snow with the melt so its only a matter of time before it becomes a hot mess. Winds on Ike where singing, about 25-30 (or if you're on the 4k group on FB, it was easily over 100 mph). Summit cone is devoid of any ice and great going. Retraced steps and summited Pierce.

Going from Pierce to Mitzpah is car wash like and ridddled with blowdowns. In the area of the hut the trail greatly deviates and it appears the person infront of us just went straight bushwhacko. You will find my side hill tracks that right the course and end up at the hut. From the Hut to Jackson we put snowshoes on, due to the combo of low traffic and soft snow. Our tracks deviate slightly in a few areas but they will get you to where you want to be. Around the summit cone of Jackson we switched to bare boot on the ledges, and then immediately back to spikes once you get back into the trees. Nothing of note on the way out except several daredevils with no packs, gear, or traction. Bareboot from bugle cliff area to car. Socked in all day, but its not about the views.  
Name: The Teal Goat, SideHill & Poptart 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2020-05-16 
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