|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Mt. Jackson, Mt. Pierce, NH|
||Saco Lake Trail, Webster-Jackson Trail, Webster Cliff Trail, Crawford Path|
|Date of Hike:
||Saturday, September 25, 2021|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Parked at the northwest corner of Saco Lake. Watch out for a drop-off in the pavement to the dirt lot. |
||Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||The crossing of the Flume Cascade Brook on the Webster-Jackson Trail required a jump to a wet sloped ledge. The water was flowing strongly after yesterday's rainfall. |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||The Jackson Branch of the Webster-Jackson Trail would benefit from some water diversion ditches to get the running water off the trail.
Some of the bog bridges are worn on the Webster Cliff Trail including one in the alpine meadow nearest Mt Jackson.
The Saco Lake Trail is inundated with water from a shallow inlet stream to Saco Lake. I have seen water running at the south end of the Saco Lake Trail in the past although it was wetter today. |
||Fine for dogs. |
|Lost and Found:
||Water was running down the Webster-Jackson Trail for most of the 1.2 miles on the Jackson Branch. I saw no diversion trenches. There was also water running down the Crawford Path between the Mizpah Cut-Off and the Webster Cliff Trail even though there was many functioning water bars and cleared out trenches. Undoubtedly, the recent rainfall exacerbated the trail conditions. Often there were rocks to use to avoid much of the water and it was usually not deep. There was a lot of mud on the trails.|
All approaches to the summit of Mt Jackson involve some ledge scrambling. The open ledges were mostly dry but those with some forest cover were wet.
Many hikers out today including kids aged 3, 5, and 10. Saw one southbound AT hiker who was heading as far as she could go in two months. Had nice conversations with Nathan, Annabelle, John, and Brandon among others.
Great visibility today from both summits and in places along the trail including Bugle Cliff. Gibbs Falls was impressive today. Gray Jays on Mt Jackson.
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.