|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:
||Monday, April 10, 2023|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||I parked at the Ammo lot; lots of parking available. |
||Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Ice - Blue, Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Ice - Breakable Crust, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable), Snow - Wet/Sticky, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Unstable), Snow/Ice - Postholes, Slush, Snow/Ice - Small Patches |
||Snowshoes, Light Traction, Traction |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||Gem Pool is still (barely) ice bridged. |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||Nothing to report! |
||Saw two today. |
||Saw a bunch, none were biting. Yay! |
|Lost and Found:
||I packed out a cream colored knit hat. Find me on IG or via email (my name at yahoo) if it’s yours. ||
||I hiked the loop counterclockwise. Light traction up Ammo, which was dreamy to hike as the postholes were frozen and using their powers for good as stairs. |
The upper water crossing on Ammo is developing an interesting problem. The snow on the far side has degraded to the point that it’s a really big step up from where the water is and the only easy spot is a no fall zone. It’s really hard to explain but I will post a photo on my IG story. Be careful at this crossing !!
I used full crampons for Monroe and Washington as the ice was solid in the morning; I saw a few others doing just fine in light traction.
When that sun hits the trails it’s a hot mess of every trail condition, and this happened around 11am when I was on Gulfside passing the top of Jewell. Bare rock, slushy ice and mushy/slippery snow. Most everyone, including me, was in light traction for those shenanigans and a lot of us were pulling the traction on and off until that just became too much of a bother. My poor Hillsounds are pretty dull now!
Snowshoes below treeline on Jewell as the snow is deep and soft.
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.