|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Mt. Monroe, Mt. Washington, NH|
||Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail, Crawford Path, Monroe Loop, Tuckerman Crossover, Jewell Trail, Cog Railway Tracks|
|Date of Hike:
||Sunday, March 19, 2017|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Good parking available by the visitor center at the end of Base Station Road. |
||Ice - Blue, Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Ice - Breakable Crust, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Snow - Drifts, Snow/Ice - Postholes |
||Light Traction, Traction |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||Snow bridges are solid to go across |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||Saw a few |
|Lost and Found:
||The trail up Ammonoosuc was easy to follow and well packed. A few postholes here and there but easy to avoid.|
The "trail" from Lakes of the Clouds Hut to the summit of Monroe is tricky due to snow accumulation, ice, and difficult to follow trial. Most people were just hiking it straight up (as we did) with crampons. I recommend hiking down along the rocky ridge on the ravine side which has better footing options.
Crawford Path from the hut towards Washington was difficult to follow as the cairns are below the snow and foot tracks go in every direction. We ended up going up until we reached the more visible cairns on the Tuck Cross and then crossed back to Crawford once it begins ascending, after that it was easy to follow all the way to the summit. We descended down along the Cog Rail which is clearly packed on the top part up to Jacob's ladder. Below this point its either solid packed snow or knee deep postholes. No issues overall except for some random spots with ice that were a bit sketchy.
||Maureen Lcg |
Disclaimer: Reports are not verified - conditions may vary. Use at own risk. Always be prepared when hiking. Observe all signs. Trail conditions reports are not substitutes for weather reports or common sense.