Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Monroe, Mt. Washington, NH
Trails: Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail, Monroe Loop, Crawford Path, Trinity Heights Connector, Gulfside, Jewell Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, November 6, 2011
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: I parked at the cog base station. It was free due to the off season. Both Ammonoosuc and Jewell Trailheads were a bit difficult to find. Ammo Tr is up the hill behind the base station and the Jewell Tr dumped me out about 100 yards above the loading spot for the cog on a grassy slope. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Ice - Black, Snow - Trace/Minimal Depth, Snow/Ice - Postholes 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: All were easily crossed. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: All trails free of blowdowns. Upper section of Jewell Tr near treeline was brushy. The old section of Jewell leading back to the base station says it is closed due to hazardous conditions but there is a well worn path around the fence. There was some new routing of the trail about 300 yards before emerging near the tracks. Very unclear as where to go. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: A tough hike for Marlie and not reccommended for the unexperienced trail dog. Lots of wind, crusty snow, deep snow, and sharp rocks. Her paws took it hard but she never seemed to be in discomfort. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: Found one glove liner and returned it to it's owner atop Mt Washington. 
Comments: Snow started right from the start. Some may prefer traction but I barebooted the whole way as the snow was firm and there were many rocks to step on. Not enough for snowshoes yet IMO.

Beautifil day with warm sun if you could get out of the wind. Probably close to 40mph at the summit. Upon arrival at the summit it looked like a ghost town. Had the sign and observation deck to ourselves for as long as I wanted. Awesome! Snow was anlke to knee deep but I could easily walk in others footprints or on rocks. The wind blowing into the Great Gulf was intense. Anything that might get dropped would be blown away for sure.

Only saw 10 people and 1 dog all day. Several had on jeans and sneakers! There was even one couple that was about 50 feet off of the trail with out gloves or hats heading up at 1pm. I hope they wern't expecting to take the cog down. Picture perfect weather but a bit breezy.

9.2 mi 4000' elev+ 5 hr 20 min  
Name: IQuest 
E-Mail: iandanner@hotmail com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2011-11-07 
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