Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Monroe, Mt. Washington, Mt. Jefferson, NH
Trails: Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail, Crawford Path, Monroe Loop, Nelson Crag Trail, Cog Rail Trail, Gulfside Trail, Jefferson Loop, Jewell Trail, Jewell Link
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Wednesday, March 13, 2024
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Cog RR hiker parking $10, or get towed. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Wet Trail, Ice - Blue, Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Snow - Drifts, Snow - Wet/Sticky, Snow - Spring Snow, Snow/Ice - Postholes, Slush 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: All easily crossed 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes:  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: none today 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: We started shortly after sunrise. We used Snowshoes on Ammo from the start to the hut. The trail has been tracked by many, most in snowshoes, but some in boots. The snow was several inches deep and unconsolidated. Some boot prints were left even with all of the snowshoe traffic. Otherwise not too bad since it was cold and the snow was consolidating in the morning.
Spikes from the Hut to Monroe summit worked well due to the ice flows and rocks. The 150 mph wind gusts over the previous 2 days blew virtually all of the new snow from the Alpine zone into the ravines. What snow is left on the high elevations is frozen or hard packed drifts with lots of exposed rocks mixed in.
Spikes from the Hut to Washington. There were a few slippery drifted areas on Crawford path near the summit.
Spikes on the frozen snowpack/snowfields to the north of the summit buildings and down along the COG to Gulfside. All of the new snow in this area was blown away.
Back to snowshoes on Gulfside to the saddle between Clay and Jefferson. Snowshoes worked best due to the unconsolidated and drifted snow. A few bare booters left some pretty deep postholes in places. Our snowshoes fixed some of the damage, but not all. Lots of exposed rocks to contend with along Gulfside too.
Back to spikes for the trek up to the Jefferson summit. Lots of exposed rock that would make snowshoes a challange.
Jewel was challanging. Temps inched above freezing making snow clump on our snowshoes. The trail was a minefield of boot holes. We did our best to flatten it out. The last mile was very wet with lots of slush. It could use some showshoe TLC in the coming days.  
Name: Hiker__Dad 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2024-03-13 
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