|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Mt. Monroe, Mt. Washington, NH|
||Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail, Crawford Path, Monroe Loop, Gulfside, Jewell Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Friday, March 10, 2023|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Ammo lot is plowed and the bathrooms are year-round (thank you!!) |
||Ice - Blue, Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Drifts, Snow - Wet/Sticky |
||Snowshoes, Traction |
|Water Crossing Notes:
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||Nothing new to report. |
||I saw two today. One headed up to Monroe with snowshoers; one headed up to Washington with a skier. |
||No snowfleas today! |
|Lost and Found:
||Nothing today. ||
||I hiked up Ammo, ascended Monroe first, then over to Washington, then down Jewell. |
Below treeline snowshoes are definitely the right choice. It’s deep, not well consolidated, and even right after sunrise, it’s mashed potatoes.
Above treeline, there is probably no one right answer. 30% of the time I was thinking about changing my traction choice. Although I wore snowshoes for Monroe, if I had it to do again (before the next storm) I would choose full crampons as the icy sections stress me out. Snowshoes were fine from the hut to Washington and then I switched to full crampons to walk next to the Cog as that is icy. I could have switched back to snowshoes at the West/Gulfside junction but delayed until I was on Jewell. Snowshoes from that point were just fine.
I saw more skiers and snowboarders today, than hikers. However I did run across three people that I know (yay!) and had lots of nice conversations with new people that I met. Great day to be above treeline!
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.