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Peaks
Peaks Mt. Jefferson, NH
Trails
Trails: Jewell Trail, Gulfside, Jefferson Loop
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, December 3, 2017
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Plenty of room at the hiker parking below the Cog RR station complex. No fee charged. Base Station Road was mostly bare pavement. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Trace/Minimal Depth, Ice - Blue, Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Drifts 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Clat Brook crossing on a man-made bridge. Avoided crossing the Ammonoosuc River crossing on the Jewell Link by using the old path further uphill. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: There are several tree falls on the Jewell Trail. None presented any challenges today. The trail sign at the junction of the Sphinx Trail and Gulfside trail was lying on the ground. Cairns were scarce in some stretches on the Jefferson Loop trail on the southern cone of Mt Jefferson. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Saw none today. 
Bugs
Bugs: Saw none today. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: The snow cover generally increased in depth with elevation gain. Some drift areas on the Gulfside Trail had a foot and a half to two feet of snow in drift zones. The deepest snow is on the Gulfside Trail on the west side of Mt Clay. In other spots there were exposed rocks. Even so, snowshoes would not be the best choice for most of the route. The Jewell Trail was well packed as it has seen a lot of traffic. Thankfully another hiker had established footprints on the Gulfside Trail making the going on this trail much easier for me today.
The skies were clear this morning with some clouds in the PM. This made for great views and some interesting cloud effects. Little to no wind today!  
Name
Name: WAUMBEK 
E-Mail
E-Mail: WAUMBEK at Roadrunner dot com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2017-12-03 
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