|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Mt. Eisenhower, NH|
||Edmands Path, Eisenhower Loop|
|Date of Hike:
||Sunday, May 24, 2020|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||2nd car at 8AM on the parking lot at the end of Mt Clinton Road. About 8 cars and plenty of room when we left at 3PM. |
||Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable), Snow/Ice - Monorail (Unstable), Snow/Ice - Postholes |
||Light Traction, Traction |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||Only one major crossing, not too difficult but you’ll have to be creative unless you want to get your feet wet. |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||Hiked following big paw prints in the snow. Encountered multiple bigger dogs who didn’t seem to have any issues, but encountered one smaller dog who was definitely struggling. |
||Lots of flies around the water crossing. |
|Lost and Found:
||We hiked through 3 completely distinct conditions on the Edmands Path. First mile was slightly muddy but more or less dry. 2nd mile was a mix of mud, melted snow, and a thin but stable monorail. The 3rd mile was a miserable experience all around: chest deep postholes, > 45 degrees side slope, lots of trees and branches blocking the path. We had to wear our crampons for that final stretch until reaching the Crawford Path.|
Spent an hour enjoying great views on the summit with no clouds.
The descent was more complicated as the warmer temperatures made the monorail less stable and a lot of the rocky parts were completely wet and slippery.
Please come prepared for snowy and difficult conditions for at least another week or two.. We encountered a couple groups struggling through the snowy and postholed trail with just sneakers and shorts. I hope you were able to complete your loop in time, or successfully retraced your steps!
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.