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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Mt. Carrigain, NH
Trails
Trails: Sawyer River Road, Signal Ridge Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Monday, February 15, 2021
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Lot plowed and spacious.  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: The crossing is along the former route of trail. Thin ice but running low. Easy to use stepping stones. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: A few duck unders a step over and a walk around. All easy to navigate. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: None today but a fine hike for an experienced trail pup. 
Bugs
Bugs:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: I barebooted Sawyer River Rd as it's a firmly groomed snowmobile trail then put snowshoes on for Signal Ridge Tr. Other than taking them off to climb the tower they would stay on until back at the road. I saw less than 10 people, half of us wearing snowshoes and half were not Fortunately the last 4 of us to come down had snowshoes on. Just because you can get by with 'spikes doesn't mean it's the best choice. Pay it forward with snowshoes and wear 'em if you got 'em. The trail is nicely packed and fast and I made it up and down in just over 6 hours. Most probably don't realize that the trail follows the abandoned section like it typically does in winter. There was no recent evidence of tracks heading towards Carrigain Notch and only a few descending the first little bit of Desolation Tr, presumably to take pictures. Obstructed views with passing clouds but I was able to get a couple peeks of Franconia Ridge and Mt Washington poking their tops out. I passed through a bootleg campsite next to the river along another decommissioned section of trail on my way out. Their fire was about 5 feet from the water and it looked like they stayed up peeing all night due to the yellow snow all over the riverbank and surrounding their site. Yuck!

14 mi. 3900' elev+  
Name
Name: IQuest 
E-Mail
E-Mail: iandanner@hotmail.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2021-02-16 
Link
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