Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Carrigain, NH
Trails: Sawyer River Road, Signal Ridge Trail, herd path
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, February 6, 2021
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Large lot just off 302, hadn't been plowed in a few days but somewhat packed down by other cars, no major issues with AWD 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Unpacked Powder 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Biggest crossing open but fairly easy rock hopping, poles very helpful for balancing with snowshoes - lots of smaller seeps open down low but easy stepovers 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Four duck-unders and three walk-arounds if I remember correctly, no major inconvenience with any but the duck-unders will become more annoying with more snow and all could benefit from clean up come spring time (a few walk-arounds are chainsaw worthy). Otherwise trails in good winter shape 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Maddie had a great day - no specific problems for winter hardy canines 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Snowshoes car to car - the road walk could technically have been barebooted but better traction is obtained with snowshoes and it's easier to wear them instead of carrying them. Majority of Signal Ridge trail had a decent snowshoe trench but was still soft and if you stepped off to the side you'd sink a ways even with snowshoes. Herd path for the old section of trail around the area of the large water crossing is broken out as it usually is in winter, no recent tracks to the right at the fork. Breezy on Signal Ridge and at the summit, clouded in so we didn't climb the tower - not surprisingly no recent tracks on Desolation trail - our tracks along the ridge were already getting blown in on my way down. Lovely and quick trip down, the nice snowshoe track with soft snow on top for a bit of cushion made it easier on my creaky knees. Saw seven other people today all in snowshoes (thank you!) - this trail doesn't get hiked as frequently as many other 4K's in winter and is a long way from being consolidated. If hiking this peak in the next several days please help maintain what's there and be considerate of your fellow winter hikers by wearing snowshoes - plus televators make the relentless climb a bit more tolerable. Good day to knock off Carrigain for Maddie's winter list!  
Name: Hikes with Maddie 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2021-02-06 
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