|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Mt. Pierce, Mt. Eisenhower, NH|
||Crawford Connector, Crawford Path, Webster Cliff Trail, Eisenhower Loop|
|Date of Hike:
||Tuesday, April 20, 2021|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Plenty of room at Crawford Connector lot this morning. |
||Dry Trail, Ice - Breakable Crust, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Significant, Snow - Spring Snow, Snow/Ice - Postholes, Slush |
||Snowshoes, Light Traction |
|Water Crossing Notes:
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||A few blowdowns and leaners on Crawford Path. |
|Lost and Found:
||Crawford Connector was muddy with small patches minimal depth snow.|
Crawford Path had patchy snow up to about 2,900 feet, which was slick early this morning. Snowpack started soon thereafter, with a little bit of monorail, transitioning to full snowpack and a trough by about 3,200 feet in elevation (perhaps 2 feet at the Mizpah junction, perhaps closer to 3 feet prior to treeline). Firm enough to use Microspikes this morning, but enough snow cover to allow for decent snowshoeing as well.
Webster Cliff Trail to Pierce still has snow/ice/slush, but is melting out.
Crawford Path to the loop is mostly snow covered. Unfortunately, due to the predominant use of Microspikes/bareboots, there are quite a few places where folks are walking straight through the alpine vegetation (including what would become alpine flowers), because the adjacent trail is unbroken/deep snow. I opted to put on snowshoes on the return trip to float better on these sections, rather than posthole. There's still 3+ feet of snowpack in places on the ridge, as well as bare ledge. One or two places where there's a breakable crust of ice covering standing water.
Eisenhower Loop ladders are snow free, but there is still snowpack on a lot of the trailbed. As with the Crawford Path, there are a few places where Microspikers/barebooters are cutting through the alpine vegetation to avoid the snow.
Initially some nice weather this morning with blue skies to the east, but light rain moved in from the west. A little windy on the Eisenhower Loop, but not enough to get moved around.
Disclaimer: Reports are not verified - conditions may vary. Use at own risk. Always be prepared when hiking. Observe all signs. Trail conditions reports are not substitutes for weather reports or common sense.