Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Pierce, NH
Trails: Crawford Path, Mizpah Cutoff, Webster Cliff Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Tuesday, April 11, 2023
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes:  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable), Snow - Wet/Sticky, Snow - Spring Snow 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Most bridges over the small streams are still there, but they are rotting. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Quite a few step-overs and duck-unders.  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Crawford Path was solid early on the way up, and it was easy to stay on the wide hard pack, but by afternoon the snow had softened into mush. The Mizpah Cut-off had been much less traveled, so the hardened track was narrower, and the south-facing snow was starting to soften. I wore micro-spikes until the hut, then changed to snowshoes to head up the WCT toward Pierce - partly because of softening snow and partly because my left Achilles appreciates the televators on the steep ups. Snowshoes were the right decision for me on that stretch. Still, the WCT from the hut to the summit of Pierce was less than pleasant. The snow is 4-5 feet deep, so I was walking through a sea of eye-pokers, and I was happy to break into the open at the top. The walk down the Crawford Path required a little more attention to foot placement than had been necessary on the way up - due to softening snow and the increased potential for postholing. The warm weather later this week will serve to soften snow conditons more. Kudos to the 88 year-old husband and 84 year-old wife who were marching smartly up the trail as I descended.  
Name: John Parsons 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2023-04-12 
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