Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Monroe, Mt. Washington, NH
Trails: Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail, Crawford Path, Monroe Loop
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Monday, December 14, 2020
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Free at USFS or $10 per person at Cog. Can now park at upper cog lot in addition to lower "hikers lot" 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Ice - Blue, Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Easy 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: One tree top across the trail below Gem Pool but easy to get around 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: Found a balaclava on Ammo 
Comments: It was a nice day and good conditions for Washington & Monroe today. I carried snowshoes today but never thought about using them. It was cold enough to keep the snow firm so there was no postholing but with warmer weather snowshoes would be important especially near Washington summit. The trail is a little rough due to previous hikers breaking trail without snowshoes when the snow was softer but there are only a few areas with deep postholes. The packed trail diverges left from the real trail when you get to the last climb maybe 0.2 miles from the summit. In poor visibility it might be easy to get lost there especially if coming down. I followed the packed trail there on the way up but tried to stay close to the partially buried cairns on the way down. Below tree line everything is packed snow and traction is easy. There are just a few icy areas below tree line but they are easy. Once you break out of the trees there is a lot more ice and bare rocks with a few deep snow fields esp near Washington. There are probably 6 or 7 significant ice flows but I didn't find them difficult because I made sure I was using sharp spikes. With dull spikes they could be problematic. Monroe summit cone was mostly bare rock with minimal ice.  
Name: Rick Simmons 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2020-12-14 
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