Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Jackson, Mt. Pierce, Mt. Eisenhower, NH
Trails: Webster-Jackson Trail, Webster Cliff Trail, Crawford Path, Eisenhower Loop, US 302
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, August 20, 2011
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Parking at W-J had a few cars when I arrived but was full and stretching out along the road when I left. Quite a crowd at the notch with the train stopped. No slowdowns at all in Franconia Notch. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Mud - Significant, Standing/Running Water on Trail 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: rocke steps 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: All trails clear. W-J the usual mix of sphagetti roots, rocks, & mud with running water in places right up to the cone. Webster Cliff had a more enjoyable foot path much of it being ledge or timbers but it was wet. Crawford to Ike's mud spots extra muddy but otherwise not bad. Ike's loop fine, best part of the hike. Crawford down wet and a bit slippery high; drier low with a better foot path. I always forget how much of a trench it has developed. Saco Lake upper trail sign gonr, just a pole stub left. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: The mighty tough little dog had it pretty easy due to yesterday's rains and today's clouds. Plenty of water except on Eisenhower's cone and upper Crawford below Pierce. Clouds shaded him much of the hike above treeline; combined with a breeze it kept him from overheating. He didn't want to leave the peak. Fun sip and dip on the ridge drainage and the brooks down low. We saw only one other dog and that was at the hut. He was quite popular with the other hikers. 
Bugs: None for us but we heard that people stopping for long lower on the trails were pestered quite a bit. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Hard to believe but the forecast was pretty good today. So we did Plan B. Going up Webster-Jackson and down Crawford means we didn't have to go down W-J, almost a good enough reason by itself to do the other two peaks. Nice views on the open ridge of course despite the haze, with the higher summits going in and out of the clouds making for a changing vista. It was pretty comfy on the ridge, with cloud shade and a breeze to counter the humidity and warmth

We didn't really start seeing other hikers much until we hit Pierce and then there were a fair number, quite a few hut hikers with young kids. Great summer hike.  
Name: Pepper and Me 
E-Mail: windriversjohn at 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2011-08-20 
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