Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Jefferson, NH
Trails: Jewell Link, Jewell Trail, Gulfside, Jefferson Loop
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Monday, March 8, 2021
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: The Cog lot parking is well worth 10 bucks!  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: The first crossing near the Cog is still bridged but that may not last thru the warmup this week! 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Couple of easy blowdowns. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: I'm Baaaaack! Maybe not 100% yet since the Great Adventure 17 days ago but it was nice to get out. I was getting stir crazy waiting for my toe to heal but the weather wasn't all that nice the past week+. I've never been so nervous before a hike because I was worried if my toe would hold up but also, my fitness level is way down from not hiking. (4) Stairmaster rounds kept me going but it's certainly no substitute for being out. I could have started in crampons & just kept them on all day! But I had the snowshoes on at the start and moved pretty well up until the jct with the Gulfside. The Gulfside was hard-packed snow over ice and some of the traverses were a bit dicey footing-wise. (No drifting today) I switched to crampons in Sphinx Col for the push up Jefferson and it was the best move I made all day (they stayed on the rest of the way) because I could move much faster & more freely. Met Dave D on the way up (also in shoes), saw Sap Happy coming down from Jeff and then met Anish in Sphinx Col on his way up. Everyone was moving well! All told, saw 10 others on the trail. I'm glad I wasn't alone today! I moved pretty well going up the Gulfside from Sphinx Col but really had to work hard on the steep, icy traverse after all that time off. The zig-zag descent down the Jewell was beautiful and even below treeline it was so firm with NO postholing at all. I left at 9:30 & was back at the car at exactly 2:30 so I guess I was moving OK, after all.
This is peak #45 as I try for the solo single-season Winter 48. Only 3 remote ones to go but I'm not taking ANYTHING for granted! I'm hoping conditions firm up again after the brief mid-week warmup because I might only get one shot at getting this thing DONE.  
Name: Bob H 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2021-03-08 
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