Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Pierce, Mt. Eisenhower, NH
Trails: Crawford Connector, Crawford Path, Webster Cliff Trail, Eisenhower Loop
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Wednesday, March 17, 2021
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: AMC Highland Center appears to be charging $10 per day now. Mt Clinton Road parking is open and mainly clear. Also, for those who don't have their WMNF pass yet: Foster's Crossroads (in Twin Mountain) is temporarily closing in the next couple of weeks, in anticipation of razing the current building and raising a new one in time for autumn/winter. As a result, they don't have a supply of 2021 passes.  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Snow - Wet/Sticky, Snow - Spring Snow, Snow/Ice - Postholes 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction, Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes:  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Trail was in fine shape, top to bottom. Only the most minor of blow-downs that were very easily navigated, and indeed, almost forgettable.  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Many very well behaved dogs on the trail today, all of whom were having the best day ever. It was delightful seeing so many furry, four legged friends frolicking.  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: What a day. Endless sun, warm temperatures... springtime is right around the corner. (And with it, mud season, but we'll ignore that for the time being.) I thought last week was amazing, but today just raised that bar.

At the moment, the trail is still well frozen, very solid. There was a bit of mashed potatoes in the afternoon, but not a terrible amount. Most people hiked in spikes. A few dear souls wore snowshoes, packing things down a bit. There were occasional post holes, but really, in the grand scheme, it was a vanishingly small amount, and almost exclusively off to the side -- very avoidable, with the exception of a small area heading into the col. Climbing up Eisenhower's dome, the trail is rapidly melting down to bare rock, and indeed, on the summit itself, snow is in vanishingly short supply -- overwhelmingly, things are down to bare earth.

Gave a ride over to Ammo to a couple of hikers who had just finished a single-day traverse. Wow! Had my mind blown by a young lass who ran up to the summit of Pierce, and then back down again, in the time it took me to descend from Pierce. In short, it was a heck of a day to be in the mountains.

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Name: Protean Wanderer 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2021-03-17 
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