Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks None, NH
Trails: Edmands Path, Crawford Path, Mt. Eisenhower Trail, Dry River Cutoff, Mt. Clinton Trail, Mitzpah Cutoff
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Parking/Access Road Notes
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Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Mud - Minor/Avoidable 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
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Trail Maintenance Notes
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Dog-Related Notes
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Lost and Found
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Comments: The U.S. Forest Service has closed the Dry River Trail due major washouts and bridge damage caused by Hurricane Irene in August. However, hikers can still enjoy the Dry River Wilderness via several trails that remain open. Two of these trails are the Mt. Eisenhower Trail, and the Dry River Cutoff.

On 13-Sep-2011, I did a trek of about 10.5 miles. It involved (in order) the following trails:

_ Edmands Path
_ Crawford Path
_ Mt. Eisenhower Trail
_ Dry River Cutoff
_ Mt. Clinton Trail
_ Mitzpah Cutoff
_ Crawford Path (to Highland Center)

As a general statement, all trails were in good shape. Yes, over the 10.5 mile route, there were a few blowdowns here & there, but all were easy to step over or duck under. And of course, there were occasional muddy spots, but none presented any issues and barely required a break of stride.

Speaking of muddy spots, there were many recent boot prints in the muddy spots along the remote Mt. Eisenhower Trail and Dry River Cutoff. Apparently other hikers have made recent forays along this route.

The only damage from Hurricane Irene that I detected was some trail erosion at a brook crossing on the Dry River Cutoff, and also at a brook crossing on the Mt. Clinton Trail.

Some photos from this trek are on my BLOG (see link below).  
Name: 1HappyHiker 
E-Mail: randonneur8 AT yahoo DOT com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2011-09-14 
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