Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Jefferson, Mt. Washington, NH
Trails: Jewell Trail, Gulfside, Jefferson Loop, Cog Rail Trail, Trinity Heights Connector
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Wednesday, March 17, 2021
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Parked at the Cog hikers' lot and paid the $10 fee. Lots of room today, but on a weekend with nice weather, I'd imagine it would fill up quick. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Ice - Blue, Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Snow - Wet/Sticky, Snow/Ice - Postholes 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes:  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: A few blowdowns along the Jewell Trail, which were easy to get around. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: The Jewell Trail was well packed but a bit soft, so I wore snowshoes from its trailhead to the junction with the Gulfside Trail, then switched to light traction and kept it on for the rest of the hike. There were some icy spots on Gulfside, as well as the above-treeline part of the Cog trail, but I got by fine with careful steps. The snow got a little wet and sticky on the hike down from the sun hitting it, and it was balling up under my spikes, but overall the snowpack there was still mostly firm.

With only a few days left in winter, a day off from work, and a stellar weather forecast, I knew I had to spend the day above treeline, and this loop over Jefferson and Washington fit the bill nicely. A couple weeks ago, I tried to hike Jefferson for the first time in winter but turned back, so it was good to finally get that first winter summit, and since this was my first hike of Washington in March (which was the only month I hadn't hiked it in), I've now hiked the Northeast's highest peak in every calendar month. Textbook ending to this winter season for sure.  
Name: Spencer 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2021-03-17 
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