|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Mt. Resolution, Crawford Dome, NH|
||Davis Path, Mt. Parker Trail, bushwhack|
|Date of Hike:
||Sunday, August 5, 2018|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Plenty of room at the Davis Path trailhead off Rt. 302. |
||Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Mud - Significant |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||None to speak of on this route. |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||Davis: this steep section up the ridge continues to erode. Rock steps are being compromised. Water bars are full of dirt and rocks. Trail is brushy right at the start and also along the ridge. Mt. Parker: the climb up Resolution is becoming overgrown aside from the open ledge areas. It could use a haircut. The last several yards up to the main "summit" ledges bypasses the actual route of the trail (watch for cairns), which is completely overgrown and impassable in this section. Don't follow the old blazes down when you leave the ledges, as you'll quickly run into a dead end. |
||Sure, and there's a decent amount of water around at the moment. |
||Black flies were lousy on Crawford Dome. I thought they were gone! |
|Lost and Found:
||Lots of standing water and mud (a few major mud pits) along DP once past Crawford. Minor streams and drainages are flowing nicely in this normally dry area. Up to the ridge was mostly wet trail but was drying out in the afternoon.|
MPT had areas of wet ledge, especially the large first slabs you come to, which required some caution. It was much drier on the way down. I spent four hours on top doing a wilderness monitoring gig, then decided to give the bushwhack to the actual summit another try. I turned back again as it was nasty. I met another hiker who went over, and he agreed. Maybe the third time is a charm? ;)
On the descent I made the short bushwhack to Crawford Dome, which I thought would be fairly easy. The distance is short, but it's a fight through dense chest-high shrubs once you leave the ledges off DP. There is an extremely faint herd path which I followed up. This looks like it may have been a more traveled path at one point which is now overgrown. The high point has two ant hills and a tiny cairn, surrounded by a meadow. A really cool spot. Great views over to the sandy slides on Resolution. I also whacked over to some expansive open ledges with wide views south and to the cliffs on Mt. Crawford. As I was poking around I also discovered a secluded ledge with a fire ring. On the way down I lost the herd path easily at a sharp turn, but was eventually able to find it again. If you go, I wouldn't rely solely on this path for navigation. It's far too obscure.
A beautiful day hanging out and chatting with folks. Nice to meet Tammy out there and also nice to catch the Snails as they headed up for an overnight on Stairs.
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.