Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Webster, Mt. Jackson, Mt. Pierce, NH
Trails: Saco Lake Trail, Webster-Jackson Trail, Webster Cliff Trail, Crawford Path, bushwhack
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, May 27, 2023
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Parked at the Mt Clinton Road lot. This is a fee lot with outhouses. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Unstable), Snow/Ice - Small Patches 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Crossing of Flume Cascade Brook on the Webster-Jackson Trail was a leap to a ledge. Landing surface was dry so there was no difficulty. The crossing of Silver Cascade Brook on the Webster Branch of the Webster-Jackson Trail was easy on rocks. The crossing of Gibbs Brook on the Crawford Connector is on a bridge. All other waterway crossings are small and easy. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: The Webster Cliff Trail uphill of the Mizpah Hut has two damaged wood stairways: one with no stairs and the other missing a step. Further uphill two planks that used to aid passage on a sloped rock surface has been displaced and no longer of use. I cut up many downed trees that were either across the trail or protruding into the trail. There were some significant treefalls that were cut up by a trail crew on the Crawford Path. Some of the bog bridges are worn or broken. Many are in good condition. There is a spot on the Mt Jackson end of the alpine bog on the Webster Cliff Trail that could use a rock emplacement as it is always a muddy mess. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Fine for dogs. There were some dogs on the trails today. 
Bugs: The black flies appeared late in the afternoon. Otherwise, it was a bug-free day. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: There were enough dry surfaces or footholds on the wet surfaces at the steep ledges on the Webster Cliff Trail near the summit of Mt Jackson to ensure secure footing.
There are many muddy spots with enough embedded rocks for relatively dry passage.
The monorail persists on the Crawford Path above the Mizpah Cut-Off trail junction and below the tree line. Some of the monorail has a firm surface while other sections are of questionable integrity. There is also a lot of water runoff on the upper sections of the Crawford Path. The open areas on Mt Pierce are free of snow.
Great views from all of the summits.
Some wildflowers in bloom: Red Trillium, Painted Trillium, Trout Lily, and Hobblebush.
Many hikers on the trail today including Kelsey & Alyssa. The Wizard, a first time 4K peak hiker from Revere, and lots of young kids. Saw no AT thru hikers.
Met a hiker from CT who had both hiking boot soles fall off. Fortunately, I had duct tape in my pack that he used to repair his boots.  
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2023-05-27 
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