|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Mt. Jackson, Mt. Webster, NH|
||Webster-Jackson Trail, Webster Cliff Trail, Elephant Head Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Saturday, July 4, 2020|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Lots of people parked along 302.
AMC Highland Ctr. is open, and their lot has instituted a reasonable $10 self-pay fee, resulting in plenty of parking for guests. |
||Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Mud - Significant |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||One of higher stream crossings had slippery, sloping rocks. This had dried out by afternoon. All others easy rock hops....but enough water in the falls/cascades to be photogenic. Silver Cascade, just south of the direct route to Jackson, should not be missed. It's worth the detour. |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||Trails were generally good, Thanks to all who maintain trails in these difficult times. Recent blowdowns have been cleared. Bog bridges need to be repaired, and extended in a few places. In the area of the higher stream crossings, there was an 8 to 10 foot wide puddle that was expanding. There was only one dangerous spot for hikers, at 44.1997222,-71.3916667 ,where a trimmed tree extended about a foot into the trail. Uphill, easily avoided, but downhill it pointed at your face/neck/chest, and a slip at the wrong time would be very damaging. The bog bridges on the Elephant Head tourist trail could use some work as well.
||I saw plenty of well behaved critters who seemed to be enjoying themselves. Lots of water at their level! |
||Black flies were numerous but not extreme. A large housefly joined them on the summit of Jackson. I don't remember any bugs on Webster....perhaps they know the real feast is on Jackson. |
|Lost and Found:
||Mostly "Lost" as in blood lost to flying pests. . . ||
||Perfect weather for a hike, in spite of wet trails. As noted under "Maintenance" there are some serious wet spots, and one sharpened stake protruding into the trail at chest or neck level. If you are looking down, searching for a dry landing spot for your next step, this one could be dangerous to hikers going downhill near the left side of the trail. Going uphill, you would not even notice it. |
||D. Hart |
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.