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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Mt. Monroe, NH
Trails
Trails: Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail, Crawford Path, Monroe Loop
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Monday, May 9, 2022
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: We parked at the cog station. $10/person. There were only 4 cars in the lot. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Mud - Minor/Avoidable 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Crossings presented no challenges. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Three sizable blowdowns on Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Koda was out for his first hike and handling the terrain well.  
Bugs
Bugs: Not yet. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: None. 
 
Comments
Comments: Patches of snow and soft ice increased to a consistent cover below Gem Pool. Above, hard-packed snow and occasional hard ice ruled, with some helpful rocks protruding. There were several stretches with hard ice that took some care. Above the crossing at the top of the gorge, deeper firm snow cover allowed better going. We kept left on snowfields to avoid the rocky areas below the hut although snow and ice were deteriorating up high. We wore spikes from half a mile from the car to the hut and climbed Monroe, which was mostly bare rock, with bare boots, negotiating one tricky spot in soft snow halfway up. The tedious descent of Ammonoosuc in spikes required frequent use of vegetation holds.
Wonderful hike with Chris on a cloudless, comfortable day. The alternating stretches of snow and bare rock on the Crawford Path above the hut looked uninviting and we chose to skip it. Nice to meet and chat with Ilya.  
Name
Name: RickB. 
E-Mail
E-Mail: rickbb@comcast.net 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2022-05-10 
Link
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