Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Eisenhower, Mt. Franklin, Mt. Monroe, NH
Trails: Edmands Path, Eisenhower Loop, Crawford Path, Monroe Loop, herd path
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Tuesday, August 17, 2021
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Some empty spots in the Edmands trailhead parking at 8:30AM. At least one late arrival parked on Mt Clinton Road. The Mt Clinton road is passable from route 302 to the lot for all vehicles. There are some voids in the asphalt and some minor bumps in the road. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Standing/Running Water on Trail 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Water crossing of Abenaki Brook has no bridge but was easy as the water level was low 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Trails in good condition. There were two leaners over the Edmands Path above the ledge section that are high enough to cause no difficulties. I pushed both up a bit higher. Trail construction material has been dropped on the Crawford Path near the northern terminus with the Mt Franklin herd path. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Fine for dogs. 
Bugs: Some pesky bugs when stopped especially in the vicinity of Mt Monroe. Not much wind today. Some researchers contracted by NH Fish and Game were attempting to catch a rare White Mountain fritillary butterfly around Mt Monroe. The insect was spotted in the area. Its range is restricted to the alpine areas in the Presidential Range. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: The Edmands/Crawford Path access to the Presidential ridge is probably the easiest approach with generally low to moderate grades and mostly good footing. The most difficult footing is in the upper portion of the Edmands Path but it is still reasonable. There is no sign for the Mt Franklin herd path. It is marked by two signs for the Crawford Path without mention of Mt Franklin.
Saw lots of kids on the Crawford Path today (ages 6 to 11 years old). The trail is kid friendly.
Met Ed Hawkins and his group who were also hiking Eisenhower & Monroe. Hiked the upper section of the Edmands Path with Ginger. Lots of Presidential Range traverse hikers/runners today with some going too fast to talk. Met one AT hiker heading north who is hoping to get off the alpine sections of trail before the bad weather sets in.
Saw Rattlesnake Root, Goldenrod, Bunchberry, Sandwort, and one Mountain Avens just north of the Crawford Path northern junction with the Franklin herd path.
Good views of the White Mountains under the clouds. Visibility hazy at a distance (e.g. Pleasant Mountain Maine)  
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2021-08-17 
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