Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Cardigan, Firescrew, NH
Trails: Holt Trail, Back 80 Trail, Elwell Trail, Mowglis Trail, Clark Trail, Holt-Clark Cutoff (Cathedral Forest Trail)
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, August 17, 2013
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Plenty of parking at the lodge when we got there. 
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: All were easy to cross, no problems. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Trails are in good shape. Once you hit the Cellar hole on the BAck 80, all the trails become well brazed. There was only one blowdown that we needed to make our way around. The others we went over or under.  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Ms. Brandi stayed home, but all the other K9's we saw appeared to be enjoying them selves 
Bugs: They weren't biting if you kept moving. Ton of 'In You Face' Spiderwebs on the Back 80 Trail. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: We started at the AMC Cardigan Lodge and headed down the Back 80 Trail. We stopped at Cellar Hole (Geocache there), we love this trail, scenic and unused. It was mostly flat to the Elwell Trail junction. We followed Elwell Trail trail to the Mowglis Trail and took the side trail down to Cilley's Cave. There are 2 ways to find it, the easy way, then the way we went. LOL We continued on to Crag Shelter, took a break then went to the summit of Firescrew Mountain. On the way to Mt. Cardigan, we took a side trip to Grotto Cave (not an easy find). After that we summited MT Cardigan and took the Clark Trail, Clark Hot Cutoff Trail, and Holt Trail to return to the lodge.
We did post a video of our adventure for anyone who might like to see it. Just click on the link.  
Name: WeRmudfun 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2013-08-19 
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