Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Monroe, Mt. Washington, NH
Trails: Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail, Crawford Path, Monroe Loop, Trinity Heights Connector, Gulfside, Cog Rail Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, December 16, 2023
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Parked at Ammo, no issues. Parking lot is a little icy 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Ice - Blue, Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Ice - Breakable Crust, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Snow - Drifts, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Slush 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction, Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Ammo crossings were rock hoppable down low and frozen on the ledges, easy to step over 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Trails in great shape, a couple new signs looked nice  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Saw a couple happy pups coming up the cog route! Mine stayed home today 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: Found a lost gaiter and returned it to its owner later in the day! 
Comments: Stunning day on the rockpile! All sorts of trail conditions out there today. I barebooted on Ammo to Gem Pool, since the trail had some slush and packed snow but was basically fine. From there, I put on my sharp spikes for the Ammo climb. This was fine, but in one or two spots crampons would have been appropriate, and I was glad to have them in case we had to bail down that way. Above treeline, the trail was mostly packed snow with some nice crunch, and my spikes stayed on the rest of the day. Small patches of drifting snow here and there made me consider snowshoes, but ultimately the sections were short before you were back on icy snow and rocks. However, I did see others choosing crampons or snowshoes throughout the day. Heading down the Trinity Connector, the trail had obviously seen less traffic and was less broken out—again, a short section that snowshoes would have been good for but it was over quick. Our group decided to head down the cog path instead of the planned route down Jewell since it was getting late. There was a lot more powder here, but I think crampons would have been more helpful than snowshoes frankly. A couple steep sections with lots of powder and some fall exposure made it a little more intense than I was anticipating. We made good time back to cars from there. A good amount of traffic today on the Crawford side, and then lots of folks heading up the cog including a good number of skiers. With dying wind and warm temps, it was the day to be there!  
Name: mnm  
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2023-12-16 
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