|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Mt. Monroe, Mt. Washington, Mt. Jefferson, NH|
||Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail, Crawford Path, Monroe Loop, Gulfside, Jefferson Loop, Jewell Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Friday, March 3, 2023|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Parked at the Cog hiker lot. |
||Ice - Blue, Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow - Drifts |
||Snowshoes, Traction, Ice Axe |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||Crossing at the Gem Pool looked fully snowbridged but this was all unbroken powder. A poorly placed step dipped a snowshoe that quickly formed a giant frozen slush ball.
We took the short bushwhack from Jewell to the Cog track to avoid that crossing. |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
|Lost and Found:
||Lots of snow coming tonight making much of this report basically obsolete. |
Two sets of tracks before us that came from the Ammo lot. We caught them shortly before the Gem Pool then proceeded to break trail up to the hut. There were some serious, waist high drifts at times. It was slow going up the step sections. If doing this trail Sunday be sure to bring lots of friends, preferably those with good stamina.
Significant ice above the hut. We switch to crampons for Monroe and kept them on up to Wash and down to the Jewell junction where we switched back to snowshoes. No ice issues going over to Jefferson. There were about a half dozen tracks from those heading from Jewell to Jeff before us.
The boulder field section of upper Jewell was a big annoying with unconsolidated snow, most were picking their own path. We beat the crap out of our snowshoes here. Dropping back down below the treeline on Jewell we found the trail was horribly postholed by a bare booter. The trail was super soft and they left tons of knee deep postholes the whole way. Not sure why anyone would continue up the trail that far without snowshoes, but I figure if you want to suffer through it and destroy a trail there is no better time to do it than a few hours before a foot of new snow falls.
We had an outstanding weather window today.
||Kyle L & E.T. Fudge |
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Disclaimer: Reports are not verified - conditions may vary. Use at own risk. Always be prepared when hiking. Observe all signs. Trail conditions reports are not substitutes for weather reports or common sense.