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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Mt. Washington, NH
Trails
Trails: Tuckerman Ravine Trail, Lion's Head Trail, snowfields
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, January 3, 2021
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: No issues finding parking when I arrived at Pinkham Notch Visitor Center shortly after 8:15 AM. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Ice - Blue, Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Snow - Drifts, Snow/Ice - Postholes 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction, Traction, Ice Axe 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: No issues 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Tuck's and Lions Head, as with the east side trails on Mt. Washington, were well maintained and in great shape. The summer route of Lions Head is still open. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs
Bugs:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: There was continuous snow cover, save for a few exposed rocks, from base to treeline, with a spotty mix of ice, powdery and frozen granular snow, and bare ground/rock from treeline to the summit of Mt. Washington. Below treeline, I wore light traction, but either that or snowshoes would do the trick for most (although some may find traction helpful on the steep sections of the Lions Head Trail). Above the trees, I switched to crampons and kept them on from there to the summit and back to the lower junction with the Tuckerman Ravine Trail. An ice axe may be helpful descending the snowfields that Lions Head and Tuck's cross, especially after a thaw-freeze cycle.

This was my third successful winter hike of the Rockpile, and possibly the best weather I've experienced up there in winter- light wind (and no wind at times), above-average temps, and an undercast below high overcast skies. 100% worth dragging myself out of bed super early in the morning.  
Name
Name: Spencer 
E-Mail
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Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2021-01-03 
Link
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