Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Jefferson, NH
Trails: Jewell Trail, Boundary Line Trail, Jefferson Notch Road, Caps Ridge Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, May 28, 2023
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: We had no issues parking at about 0745 at USFS Ammo, lot was less than 50% full at this point. Surpising. On the way out it was maybe a little over 50% full, at about 1400. Jefferson Notch Road is clear of snow but still very spongy and wet. If I was sinking in at 140, there is no way a car wouldn't do some damage. It usually opens up mid June, looks to be a good target for this year too, especially with the super warm weather this week. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Capt Chris decided to see if he liked fresh water and went for a dip in Clay Brook. I can confirm he still prefers salt water. The crossing takes a little bit of thought as this trail sees little use and the rocks are slicker than most 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Boundary is in fine shape. On caps there are about half a dozen saw worthy blowdowns, from just above the bog bridge section to the potholes. Really not too bad honestly. This trail could greatly benefit from a refreshing of blazes above treeline 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: There is not much water on Caps, and its jagged presi rock hopping at its finest. 
Bugs: A good breeze kept most at bay 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: Time was lost, but a good time was found.  
Comments: A magnificent day was had above the forest. Congrats to Lil Squirt on her penultimate May peak. I'd be hard pressed to pass up a Ridge of the Caps hike, especially with today's forecast. In these getting-to-be warm months, I have no idea why anyone would go up Jewell, even with doubling the miles with the roadwalk. It's just so pleasant and fun - especially on a west facing slope. My farmers tan game is super strong at this point. There is quite literally a five foot section of snow to be found on Caps, from treeline to Cap 1 - thats it. Boundary line trail is always muddy even in a drought. It marks the boundary between Chandler's Purchase and Thompson and Meserve's Purchase - see link below for the nerds. It is a really pleasant trail. We found great conditions on Cap's to the potholes, and then even better to treeline. We do not have our Presi goat hooves to run up those rocks just yet. We only saw ten people all day, four of whom doing a presi and where about to descend Cap's Ridge, for some reason, when you can clearly see Washington is over there - and not down the way we where going... Descent was as always slower than the ascent, but we where able to grab an entire ziploc baggy full of fiddleheads, ripe for the pickin' - so those will be on the menu tomorrow night! There is plenty more to be had in the next day or two, go gettum!

I will leave you with a timeless quote, by the man whom this peak is named, from February 21, 1825. "When angry, count to ten before you speak. If very angry, count to an hundred"
Name: The Teal Goat, CaptChris, Lil Squirt 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2023-05-28 
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