|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Wildcat E, Wildcat D, Wildcat C, Wildcat B, Wildcat A, Square Ledge, Lila’s Ledge, NH|
||Lost Pond Trail, Square Ledge Trail, Wildcat Ridge Trail, Old Jackson Road, George’s Gorge Trail, Liebeskind Loop, Crew Cut Trail, ski trails|
|Date of Hike:
||Friday, July 2, 2021|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Parked at Pinkham Notch Visitor’s Center. Large paved lot. Toilets (cleaned, stocked). Lot is plowed in winter. Lot fills quickly on weekend and holidays. Today is was relatively empty. |
||Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock |
|Water Crossing Notes:
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||Ha! The rain kept them at bay today. |
|Lost and Found:
Lost Pond (AT) > Square Ledge Trail > Lost Pond (AT) > Wildcat Ridge Trail to summit of Wildcat A and back > ski trails > Crew Cut Trail > Old Jackson Road (AT) > George’s Gorge > Liebeskind Loop > Lila’s Ledge > Liebeskind Loop > Crew Cut Trail > George’s Gorge > Old Jackson Road (AT) > end.
Lots of little round and round hiking to trace some awesome trails on the slopes of Mount Washington! In the rain! With temps in the 40s on the Wildcats!
Lost Pond: this is the AT and is well blazed in white. All signs up, intact, legible. Well defined footbed.
Square Ledge: well blazed in blue. Nice little trail up to (I assume) a nice view of Pinkham Notch. Today’s rain clouds obscured all views. Wet rocks made for slow going. Footbed easy to discern.
Wildcat Ridge Trail: this is also the AT and is nicely blazed in standard white blazes. No blow downs. All signs up, intact. The ascent from Pinkham Notch is no joke, dude. Took me an hour to go 1.6 miles with the VERY steep terrain and wet trail. The chimney and rock stairs didn’t faze me. It was the several open ledges crossing slick rock that forced me to descend on ski trails for the return trip. Once out of the notch, I flew down the trail. After hiking the Mahoosuc trail, this trail was a breeze!
Old Jackson Road: also the AT and well blazed in white. Nice, wide footbed. Moderate grade. Good signs and nice bridges.
Crew Cut Trail: very well blazed in blue. Less travelled making a nice, softer footbed. I accessed this trail from NH 16 after descending the Wildcats from ski trails and walking for a very short bit on NH 16 (I blatantly refused to descend the ludicrous Pinkham Notch section of Wildcat Ridge). Moderate grades in short segments. Just lovely.
George’s Gorge: well blazed in blue. Less travelled, but discernible footbed. Really great trail. Today’s rain beefed up the small stream that is the highlight of this hike. Small, relaxing cascades towards the junction with Old Jackson Rd. I stood mesmerized for a long time. Such a nice trail, really. Go see it!
Liebeskind Loop: well blazed in yellow. Footbed less travelled, soft, but completely discernible. Magical granite giants regularly appear. Makes your jaw drop at times. Lila’s Ledge is cool. I bet on clear days the view over Pinkham Notch is quite remarkable. I saw white clouds… Man I had such a good time on the little trails!
Weird route but totally worth exploring the side trails of the Pinkham Notch area. I had such a nice time despite the rain. It’s kind of satisfying to listen to my pack dripping dry on the drying rack in the kitchen… It’s like I actually went somewhere today.
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.