Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Monroe, Mt. Washington, NH
Trails: Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail, Crawford Path, bushwhacks, Cog Rail Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, May 7, 2023
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Plenty at USFS Ammo 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable), Snow - Wet/Sticky, Mud - Significant, Snow - Spring Snow, Slush 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Surprisingly no issues today, especially on the shotgun crossing from the USFS ammo lot, and the big one up by the waterfall on ammo. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Nothing noted. A supplemental, more detailed report will be forwarded to the maintainer of Ammo. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs: Lots of dead bugs in the snow. Couldn't handle the winds. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: A FINE day above the trees on the Great Storm Spirit, Agiocochook! (Or Washington). Todays herd was CaptChris, Lil_Squirt, Honey_Badger, Pretzel and just_Kimlie.

A previous nuked post mentioned a rock solid monorail up to treeline - can confirm. Shockingly sturdy. It's a mixed bag to the Gem Pool, but after there a rock solid rail to ride. Choo Choo! Once above treeline, the current footbed wildly ambles from its proper summer trail but it gets you there. Some minor postholing, mainly because its so off. As of today, you still could have "drinks on the house" at LOTC. From LOTC to Monroe its pretty boney and good moving. Once back at LOTC we more or less decided that Jefferson was not in the cards due to the winds ramping up. We had more or less exceptional for early May conditions on Crawford Creek (path). Always super cool to see a lot of blue in the snow. Firm enough - ish. The winds where absolutely ripping along our traverse over to the big boy. We stopped at Westside just to check that everyone was good. This as the most spirited ascent of Agiocochook I have ever done. If this was a facebook post, I'd exclaim without question it was rippin' over 100. In reality, it was probably sustained 40 and every once in a while you'd hear a freight train and plant your poles and ride it out and keep going. Only tossed around a couple times. I try to avoid these situations, and not be in them to gloat. Upon topping out on the summit cone, to our dismay - TOURISTS HAVE ARRIVED! The Cog is shuttling tourists up to the summit, despite the Sherman Adam's building being closed. Lame. On our way down, we opted to take the cog swath down just due to winds and safety. We found an amazing untouched snowfield of which the sextuplet in our group ran through, arms flailing, screaming like children and skipping through what is likely the last of the fresh pow on the year. Snowshoes on the Cog an absolute must. Gets bonier at about 4500 feet, and muddy/running water at Waumbek Station (3800). From this point out it was just a spring slog with wet feet. Grilled at the trailhead, on the menu tonight, steak tips, chicken breast, veggie kabobs and green beans. Plus a myriad of sides! A great day to be above the trees.  
Name: The Teal Goat & herd 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2023-05-07 
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