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Peaks
Peaks Mt. Washington, Mt. Monroe, NH
Trails
Trails: Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail, Crawford Path, Monroe Loop
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, December 2, 2017
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Parked right up near the station 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Trace/Minimal Depth, Wet Trail, Ice - Blue, Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Wet/Slippery Rock, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Snow - Drifts, Snow/Ice - Postholes, Snow/Ice - Small Patches 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Trail to the Gem pool had numerous open streams - all easily crossed 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: The Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail took quite a hit from the Oct. 30 storm. Although the trail can be easily traversed with only two “duck under” trees, the trail has suffered major erosion in the section that is close to the Ammonoosuc River between the Cog station and the Gem Pool. There are numerous washed out trail sections including some that are extensive. This will become more apparent in the spring when the snow is gone. Speaking as a trail maintainer the trail in this section may be near or at a point when a major re-route will become necessary to support the heavy traffic to the Lakes of the Clouds hut and Presidential peaks. No major damage was observed between the Gem pool and the hut. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs
Bugs:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: At the end of the trip left two Marmot mitts on my car roof then forgot about them and drove off. They are probably somewhere on the base road. 
 
Comments
Comments: This was an amazing day to hike with a cloud undercast observed above 5000 feet. The clouds kept us entertained moving and shifting. Sometimes the hut completely disappeared only to reappear a few minutes later. From the summit of Mt. Monroe we observed a cloud “waterfall” to the southwest between Monroe and Franklin. Deciding what foot traction to use was a tossup. All of us put on spikes at the Gem pool but found the Crawford Path to the Mt. Washington summit challenging since the trail had sections of bare rock, modest 4” or less of snow and a few drifts of a foot or more. Two of us stayed with spikes, the third person switched to snowshoes for a while. Conditions on the summit of Mt. Washington were tolerable with winds under 20 mph and wind chills in the teens. A great day to hike!  
Name
Name: Dexhiker 
E-Mail
E-Mail: dexpcdoc@gmail.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2017-12-03 
Link
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