Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Webster, Mt. Jackson, NH
Trails: Webster-Jackson Trail, Webster Cliff Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, May 9, 2021
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes:  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable), Mud - Significant, Snow - Spring Snow, Slush 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: All were easily rock-hoppable, though trekking poles will help. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: A big blowdown on Webster-Jackson about half a mile in from 302; people have beaten a path around it to the left. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs: Saw a couple, but no problem 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Nice day for a hike! My plan was simply to hit Webster, although I ended up going over to Jackson too. Lower part of Webster-Jackson was pretty muddy. At the split, I took the Webster fork. I was able to hike up the bank after the immediate water crossing by just stepping in the imprints where other hikers had stepped + used my hands. The second crossing, the bank on the other side was very steep and VERY slushy; I don't think it would be possible to ascend without traction and poles. So I put on my microspikes at that point, and they stayed on for the next several miles. The ascent up Webster was very slushy; there was plenty of snow and it was soft!! There aren't a lot of blazes on this section of trail, and because of this (and since I was solo hiking) I decided I would go over to Jackson and descend on the Jackson branch of W-J trail instead of just retracing, for safety. Had a brief stop on Webster (summit was clear of snow, but snow was on the trail up until the absolute last second) before going over to Jackson. Webster Cliff Trail between Webster and Jackson was close to 100% snow, with a stable monorail. It was fairly easy to follow due to the dirt tracked over the monorail by other hikers. Jackson summit was also clear of snow. Going back down on Jackson branch was similar conditions to Webster branch; snow for quite awhile, gradually becoming patchy and giving way to more muddy spots. Definitely going to get your feet wet and muddy this time of year. :)  
Name: Jessica S. 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2021-05-09 
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