Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Carrigain, NH
Trails: Sawyer River Road, Signal Ridge Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, April 29, 2023
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: We were the only 2 cars and lot had maybe 8 when we came back down with some spots still available. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Mud - Significant, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Unstable), Snow - Spring Snow, Snow/Ice - Postholes, Slush 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: We took the new reroute as the old would be a wading through, new route I rock hopped and log walked to the right and came back over the falled tree on the other side on the way down. Lisa got 2 dunks of her boot in on the way across but had plenty of socks to swap out and keep going) 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Oh wow….. this is a mess upon a mess. Maybe 30 blowdowns up high? Lots of maneuvering had to be done which slowed us down significantly. Hand saw or chainsaw is needed for a bog day of clearing for sure (recall only a few on the lower end) 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Saw 2 low but it would have been difficult up high with the blow downs for sure 
Bugs: Saw maybe 2 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: Lost nothing but saw gloves that we put in the trail to grab on the way but another nice bunch took them off.  
Comments: Well we knew it was still April and it will stick suck out there. But we were not mentally prepared for the mess we would encounter. The snow and monorail started about .1 into the trail! From here snow, water, mud and bare ground was how it went. Then the river crossing then more snow. It cleared up a bit til it hit 2450’ where the monorail started and that never changed til the top. The monorail was too skinny for any snowshoe to be safely used at least on the lower end. The new snow on topof the old made for some slushy goings. Once we started up into the trees did the blow downs start. Lots of stepping over but the problem soon will be the snow melting and no say around the blowdowns as they are very big and pine trees with limbs everywhere. I feel bad for the maintainer if there is one for this trail. We made it up to the summit where the wind was wipping but the gray jays still were about. Came down a bit quicker but lots of maneuvering still and some more degrading monorail happening with maybe 6 people that were behind us. We changed up the water crossing on the way down and more walking through a river on trail was oh so lovely. When we got to the road which there is still snow pack on but only from the trailhead back towards the pond and not much did it start to rain on us. We got out just in time as the rain started to come in on our drive out. Another grid peak thankfully done. Not sure I will be back for this one for May until snow is fully melted.  
Name: Danielle, Monkey, Lisa, Scott 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2023-04-30 
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