Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Carrigain, NH
Trails: Sawyer River Road, Signal Ridge Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, September 11, 2011
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Sawyer River Road closed. Parking available at winter lot - currently only accessible from the west (Highland Center side) of US 302. Bridge out immediately east of winter lot. Sawyer River Road walk along the washout is dangerous - easily a 20 foot dirt cliff that I imagine could give way at some point, thus requiring to either go deep into the crater or bushwhack above it in the woods. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Standing/Running Water on Trail 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: All have been modified by Irene. First set is a bit more tricky, as the two brooks are sort of intermingling and stepping stones are probably somewhere in Conway. Carrigain Brook crossing is also tricky, as rocks are gone (though some folks assembled a makeshift log/rock crossing today). Beaver pond crossing easier as dam blew out. Fourth crossing rock hoppable. Above there, a smaller brook flows along the trail briefly. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Sawyer River Road has one major washout. Signal Ridge Trail has a few washouts and undermines, including one section of trail that's a decent drop to the brook (can easily bushwhack above it). Part of the crew removed a few blowdowns, though the older, larger ones that have been around for a few years still remain. Trail took some damage in the lower elevations. Once climbing Carrigain proper, the trail is intact and perhaps slightly rockier than before. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: No water above the long switchback. Will want to keep a close eye on the dogs near the washouts, as walking on the edge could result ina collapse and sizable drop. 
Bugs: Minimal 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Sawyer River Road in good shape, other than the one major washout. Will take a major effort and lots of dirt to repair.

Lower Signal Ridge Trail took a beating in places, but was passable. Some elected to do the bushwhack from the bridge adjacent the trailhead to avoid the washed out first tenth, as well as the first set of crossings.

Along the brook above there, one short section of trail was gone, another undermined, and the part that went through the wet area around a corner a bit more brooklike.

From the beaver ponds to the actual climb took some damage, but is passable.

Above there, trail was perhaps rockier than before, but otherwise not noticable damage. Some wet ledges, but generally dry trail.

Was part of yet another great group for Flags on the 48. The road closure made things difficult (everyone was on the road well before sunrise), but the flag was flying from the tower well before noon time.  
Name: rocket21 
E-Mail: rocket21 at franklinwebpublishing dot com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2011-09-11 
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