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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Mt. Carrigain, NH
Trails
Trails: Sawyer River Road, Signal Ridge Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, May 17, 2020
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Parked at the first lot because the road was still gated as of 5/17/20. I got there at 8am and I was the 11th car but it's a large lot. Dirt road adds 2 miles one way. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Trace/Minimal Depth, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Ice - Breakable Crust, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable), Snow - Wet/Sticky, Mud - Significant, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Unstable), Snow - Spring Snow, Snow/Ice - Postholes, Snow/Ice - Small Patches 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: I encountered four water crossings where it was pretty much unavoidable to get wet. One of the four is a large river crossing—very safe and doable but I suggest doing it barefoot, with trail runners, and/or bring multiple pairs of socks. I imagine doing this in the summer would be very refreshing! 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Extreme lack of trail markers, I saw maybe two and they were near the beginning (maybe I was being oblivious?). Multiple trees/branches down but not a problem to get over/under. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: No dogs on the trail today. Personally I'd be nervous having a dog on the snow-covered portion of the trail because it's quite skinny, drops down on one side, and there were several very deep postholes.  
Bugs
Bugs: Not many, a couple flies and mosquitoes when I was relaxing by the river. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: This is a beautiful trail with lots of water which was nice. The first 2 miles are very moderate alongside the river, a nice walk in the woods (although extremely wet and muddy at this time). Snow and steepness both started about the same time at around 2.5 miles. It's pretty much 3 miles of a steep ascent from then on. When you get above treeline it's a stunning walk along the ridge before doing the final climb to the summit where there is a tower to get 360 degree views. The last few miles of the hike seem to last forever but it is 10000% worth it with some of the best views you can get in the Whites. And the way down goes by fast.
Other notes: the gate was closed so I walked the road which was about 2 miles one way. My total distance came in at 14.7 miles with the road.
Traction: As of right now I would say 100% you need spikes, and poles were helpful for balancing. Yes there were numerous postholes but personally I think it would have been difficult to maneuver snowshoes because of how small the trail is up high at this time.  
Name
Name: Lisa 
E-Mail
E-Mail: lisa3695@gmail.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2020-05-18 
Link
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