Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Cardigan, NH
Trails: Holt Trail, Holt-Clark Cutoff (Cathedral Forest Trail), Clark Trail, West Ridge Trail, Ranger-Cabin Trail, South Ridge Trail, Hurricane Gap Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Friday, May 10, 2013
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Plenty of parking at the AMC Cardigan Lodge. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Standing/Running Water on Trail 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Not an issue. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Trails are in incredible shape -- recently cleaned, cleared, re-blazed. There is, however, one recent, medium-sized, step-under blowdown that has fallen high across the trail (Holt-Clark Cutoff, about halfway between Grand Junction and the intersection with the Clark Trail) with a few branches that reach down into the trail corridor -- easily avoided. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Plenty of water flowing in the various streams. 
Bugs: Black flies are out -- not as bad as last week, but a bit annoying. A nice breeze up top kept them off the summit. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: All trails are completely snow-free and, in most instances, bone dry. The usual sections that are wet almost year-round are, well, wet; nothing out of the ordinary. There is also the usual weeping on the lower ledges for this time of year; upper ledges are dry.

Elizabeth Holt Falls is flowing nicely -- spectacular at this time of year. Every type of wildflower that is normally blooming at this time of year (red trillium, painted trillium, trout lily, hobblebush, etc.) is blooming in full force.

Decided to check out the trail conditions and recent work on these trails -- they are in fine, fine shape. Recent drain clearing, blowdown removal, brushing, re-blazing, and cairn reconstruction (including some Cubist cairns on the West Ridge Trail, near the summit!) has everything in great shape for the spring. Nice work, Cardigan Mountain Highlanders!  
Name: Pancks and Tesco Heaney 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2013-05-11 
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