Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Pierce, Mt. Jackson, NH
Trails: Crawford Path, Webster Cliff Trail, Webster Jackson Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, May 11, 2024
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: No issues. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Ice - Breakable Crust, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable), Mud - Significant, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Unstable), Snow/Ice - Postholes 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: No issues. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: One tree down on Crawford path about halfway up to Pierce. Easily navigable.  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: N/A 
Bugs: None. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: N/A 
Comments: Crawford up to Pierce was a mix of dry and muddy/running water on trail until just before the Mizpah Cutoff Trail. Monorail (mostly stable but very narrow) from there to the junction with the AT, where the rest of the way to the summit is dry and exposed rock. The monorail appears again on-and-off until Mizpah but is fairly navigable. It's at this point where everything ground to a halt. The monorail becomes very unstable with extensive potholing (knee to hip deep into bogs and running water under the collapsing top crust). Large chunks (~3-5' sections) of the monorail were prone to give way and send you sprawling onto the rocks or into the trees. Pretty brutal conditions, even for spring snow. Note that if you choose to use this section of the AT between Jackson and Mizpah your progress will be extremely slow and frustrating. However, the summit of Jackson was dry and the monorail on the way down the Jackson Branch Trail was fairly stable until it disappeared about 0.2 mi from the merge with Webster-Jackson Trail (WJT). The remainder of WJT was a mix of dry rock, wet rock, minor mud, and dry trail.  
Name: Walkamole 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2024-05-11 
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