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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Mt. Jefferson, NH
Trails
Trails: Jewell Trail, Gulfside, Jefferson Loop
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, May 13, 2018
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: First car at the summer lot at 8am. For such a nice weekend day I thought there would be more. There were about 8 cars total when I got back. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable), Snow/Ice - Monorail (Unstable), Snow - Spring Snow, Snow/Ice - Postholes 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: I didn't even bother attempting the water crossing by the Cog station. Instead, I parked at the summer lot and went straight across the road to start the hike. I ran into a very nice hiker ("Ed") who gave me a couple pieces of chocolate and advised he took the shortcut walking up the cog for a bit through the weeds, then cut over to the trail. If it weren't tick hell right now, I'd have done similar. I didn't see many when I was heading up, saw more coming back down. All in all it was an amazing spring day above treeline in the Presi's. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Some blowdowns about a third of the way up. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Saw one adorable 7 year old golden. 
Bugs
Bugs: Loud flies on top of Jefferson. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: Nothing. 
 
Comments
Comments: While I selected light traction above, I think you can get by without micro's. I recommend carrying them in your pack for now. I did throw mine on to save time on the descent just below treeline. It was solely a time-saving measure. If you take care with foot placement and locating rocks, you'll be fine. The monorail is stable in sections and in other sections there are waist-deep postholes - and the micro's can keep you from slipping off the balance beam into a deep hole. The distance I used them was very short - maybe .5 miles...and I didn't need them going up at all.  
Name
Name: BubblesTheHiker 
E-Mail
E-Mail: kdoer@yahoo.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2018-05-13 
Link
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