|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Mt. Jackson, NH|
||Webster Cliff Trail, Mt. Clinton Trail, Dry River Trail, Saco River Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Sunday, May 16, 2021|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Snow - Wet/Sticky, Mud - Significant, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Unstable), Snow - Spring Snow, Snow/Ice - Postholes, Slush |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||Good luck crossing the Dry River — had to wade through, no way to rock hop. After the Mt. Clinton trail though, dry feet are a lost cause. |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||They're back — mostly left me alone, but a few mosquitos at lower elevations made for quick water breaks. |
|Lost and Found:
||Made a big loop over Jackson and down through the Dry River Valley. Spikes never went on — at this point, my trail runners get just as good traction on the rotting monorail. Webster Cliff Trail up to Webster is in beautiful shape. Snow only starts a few tenths of a mile from the summit of Webster, and isn't bad. Aside from that, the trail is dry. Once on the ridge, it's another story. Wet, rotting monorail along most of the trail, nothing too bad, but something to bear in mind. This week's warmth will likely put a big dent in it.|
The Mt. Clinton Trail is another story. It's an extremely rough trail to begin with, and snow (with no evidence of compaction) continued down to just over 3000'. More often than not, it covered flowing water and mud, and was very susceptible to postholing. All in all, an adventure, as the Mt. Clinton Trail usually is. Dry River trail is a welcome relief after the 3 miles of near-bushwacking, and is generally dry and in good shape. Looping back via the Saco River Trail meant dry trail and the beech forest rapidly starting to leaf out. Felt like summer!
Met my first thru-hiker of the season today, NoBo (who's braver than me facing VT and NH in May!). I imagine more will be on the way!
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.