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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Mt. Cardigan, NH
Trails
Trails: Access road, West Ridge Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, March 23, 2013
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Road still gated 0.8 mi before trailhead, until snow gone and road dry. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Ice - Blue, Snow - Drifts, Snow - Trace/Minimal Depth 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Goggles, Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: 2 wooden bridges, several snowbridges. All holding up well. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: The cairns and blaze boards marking the trail at and above treeline are none too many for today's conditions of wind blowing snow hard enough to sting exposed skin. A short whiteout at treeline was no worry when it cleared and we could see the next cairn. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs
Bugs:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: Trail was smooth and hard enough to walk with Hillsound trail crampons, and air temp was in 30s so hiking boots/gaiters were warm enough.
West wind was a presence the entire afternoon. We added layers and windproof shell before treeline, and staggered up into the wind, which blew us around. We could not walk straight, we had to let it blow us sideways at times. It blew sheets of powder snow sideways. Pretty enough from the summit with the sun behind them, but at treeline where the woods hold more snow longer, the blowing snow was thick enough and high enough to make a momentary whiteout as the wind spun us around. I estimate the windspeed at 50+ mph. It blew one man off his feet.  
Name
Name: Creag nan drochaid 
E-Mail
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Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2013-03-23 
Link
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