|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Mt. Eisenhower, Mt. Franklin, Mt. Monroe, Mt. Washington, NH|
||Edmands Path, Eisenhower Loop, Crawford Path, Monroe Loop|
|Date of Hike:
||Wednesday, June 9, 2021|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Standing/Running Water on Trail |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||Two water crossings near the top of Edmands Path, both were very easy. |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||All trails today were in great condition. |
||Mosquitos and other little bugs were around, but my Deet 100 kept them away. Have yet to see a black fly anywhere this season (I must be getting lucky). |
|Lost and Found:
||Went up Edmands Path to Eisenhower and continued on to Crawford Path to Franklin, Monroe, Lakes of the Clouds, and Washington. I lucked out with weather and crowds and this has become my favorite hike to date. Going up Edmands Path was very wet everywhere, but little standing water. This trail is very moderate and doesn’t have many sections of rock slabs until the top, so even though the trail was wet, it was never sketchy. Once I was above tree line the trails were not wet. From Eisenhower to Washington I was in and out of the clouds, with the clouds disappearing just before I got to each peak along the way. The clouds completely disappeared and opened up to a sunny afternoon just as I summited Washington. The summit was not crowded, probably 10-15 hikers and 30ish who drove up. Zero line for the summit signs. Endless views in all directions. |
I headed back down to Lakes of the Clouds and stopped at the hut for a bowl of lentil soup (fantastic!). I took Crawford Path around Monroe and back towards Eisenhower. I summited Eisenhower again as it was completely in the clouds when I first summited that morning. I took Edmands Path back down to my car, and the trail was completely dry in the afternoon.
There were pretty strong winds all day, but the air was warm so I stayed in a tank and shorts all day. I only wore a jacket during a 10 minute sprinkle at the start of the day, and I put my jacket back on at the summit of Washington while I was hanging around enjoying the views. Absolutely incredible hike, highly recommend.
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.