Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Monroe, Mt. Washington, Mt. Clay, NH
Trails: Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail, Crawford Path, Monroe Loop, Trinity Heights Connector, Gulfside, Clay Loop, Jewell Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Wednesday, August 25, 2021
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Plenty of empty spots in the WMNF Ammonoosuc Ravine trailhead at 7:15AM. This is a fee lot. Outhouse with toilet paper. The Jewell Trail starts across Base Road from this lot. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Good bridges over the Ammonoosuc River and Clay Brook on the Jewell Trail. All crossings on the Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail were easy. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Trails in good condition. There was a small section on the Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail that was washed out but there is a minor re-route in the path. Sign for short side trail to the overlook of the gorge has no sign but the path is well worn. No obstructions on the trails. Only noted two tree falls that were both at ground level. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Saw many dogs. All seemed to be fine. 
Bugs: Only on leeward side of hut. Elsewhere the wind kept the bugs at bay. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: A hiker found a pair of plastic safety glasses on the Jewell Trail just above the tree line. He was going to leave at the trailhead. 
Comments: There was some wetness on the ledges on the Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail that I did not find as slippery. Most of the ledges were dry. These ledges can be difficult if wet or icy. The footing on both the Crawford Path and the Gulfside Trails is mostly very good. The new summit stage building has been built. I did not visit to see if it was open. Lots of people on Mt Washington (no surprise). Great views of the Great Gulf headwall from Mt Clay. There is a good view down to Spaulding Lake from the Gulfside Trail as it passes near the rim of the ravine. The Jewell Trail is a pleasant descent route although one has to be vigilant in following the cairns above tree line. For those hiking the Gulfside Trail from Mt Clay northern terminus to the Jewell Trail, be aware there is an elevation gain of about 350 feet. It was great to be hiking in the alpine zone. The views were somewhat limited by the haze from the humidity and wildfires. However, most of the White Mountains were visible but the Maine/Vermont peaks were invisible today. I would recommend walking the short side trail off the Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail to the gorge where two tall beautiful cascades empty in to a small pool and then exit in to a gorge. This is uphill from Gem Pool and will give you an excuse to take a break on the steep stretch on the Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail.  
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2021-08-25 
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