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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Mt. Jackson, NH
Trails
Trails: Webster Cliff Trail, Mt. Clinton Trail, Dry River Trail, Saco River Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, May 16, 2021
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes:  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: 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 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
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
Trail Maintenance Notes:  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs
Bugs: They're back — mostly left me alone, but a few mosquitos at lower elevations made for quick water breaks. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: 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!  
Name
Name: Matt 
E-Mail
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Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2021-05-16 
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