|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Mt. Monroe, Mt. Eisenhower, Mt. Pierce, NH|
||Dry River Trail, Crawford Path, Monroe Loop, Eisenhower Loop, Webster Cliff Trail, Mt. Clinton Trail, Dry River Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Saturday, August 15, 2020|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Not a lot of cars roadside at the trailhead. |
||Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Mud - Significant |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||No issues. |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||Both Dry River Trail and Mount Clinton Trail could use a massive amount of TLC. I removed some blowdowns that were smaller in many places, but at some point you can only do so much. |
|Lost and Found:
||Dry River Trail is probably not a good choice for a lot of people. I lost the trail 3 times, first at Dry River Falls, second in Oakes Gulf, and a third time very briefly coming out above the tree line. Make a list of your least favorite trail conditions, and those conditions are present, deep mud, running water in the trail, slippery moss covered rocks, overgrown trails, blowdowns, etc. Mount Clinton Trail is similar. The portions of trail that are re-routes are like herd paths. To be fair, its like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, some sections are just great, others are horrendous. Plan extra time as going is slow.|
If you are interested in the trail, I would say now is a good time to get it because the river crossings are easily managed.
I did not encounter many people on Dry River Trail, maybe 8 all day. Usual crowds on the summits and at Lakes of the Clouds.
It was excellent to see some USFS personnel doing crowd control and keeping people on the trails at Lakes of the Clouds.
Unfortunately, a lot of people were lounging on the vegetation at Eisenhower, outside the rock perimeter.
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.