|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Mt. Pierce, Mt. Eisenhower (attempt), NH|
||Crawford Connector, Crawford Cliff Trail, Crawford Path, Webster Cliff Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Tuesday, May 26, 2020|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||5 cars when I started at 8:30, 15 when I finished at 1. All but 3 were NH plates, for anyone keeping score at home. |
||Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Ice - Breakable Crust, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable), Mud - Significant, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Unstable), Snow - Spring Snow |
||Light Traction |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||All crossings able to be rock-hopped. |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||One big blowdown at 2300’. Tree has been de-limbed, so I think it’s been there for a while. |
||Again, surprisingly not an issue. |
|Lost and Found:
||Woooooo boy. |
Trail was clear, albeit muddy, up until about 2900’. Monorail makes its first appearance there, and is spotty until 3100’. Full on monorail from there until Webster Cliff junction (about 1.5 miles). I think there was some inversion going on, as the monorail seemed more stable from 3300’ - 3500’ than above 3700’.
Webster Cliff was dry up to the summit.
Crawford Path between Pierce and Ike SUCKED. Feet of snow in the trees, and it was giving way quickly. I had every intention of bagging Ike, but after postholing crotch-deep 4 times before I hit the col, I turned around. Did not have the patience or energy to keep going.
On the way down, the melt was fully on. I swear that sections of the monorail that were there on the way up had completely vanished. The trail was very muddy and wet. Trail dried out around 2500’. Used spikes on the monorail on the way up and down. Can you get by without them? Sure. But you’re not going to go any faster, and you’re probably going to slide around a lot more. IMO, no reason not to use them, unless it’s a pride thing for you.
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.