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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Mt. Cardigan (South Peak), Rimrock, NH
Trails
Trails: Woodland Trail, Clark Trail, Hurricane Gap Trail, South Ridge Trail, Skyland Trail, West Ridge Trail, Ranger-Cabin Trail, Holt-Clark Cutoff, Nature Trail (both)
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, November 23, 2013
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes:  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Ice - Black, Ice - Breakable Crust, Mud - Minor/Avoidable 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes:  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes:  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: The law at Cardigan is that dogs must be leashed at all times. Yes, this means your specific canine (I saw two unleashed dogs...one of them posed a problem for other hikers). Please be aware that allowing your dog to go off-leash when it is against the law to do so might result in unpleasant consequences for you/your dog, for other hikers/their dogs, and/or for all dog owners (if all dogs end up being banned). Please be respectful and follow the rules. I feel for those dog owners who have well-behaved pets (like the fellow I saw today whose gorgeous black dog never left his side), but unfortunately, not all dog owners have common sense or respect for other hikers. 
Bugs
Bugs:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: Max and I had a ball exploring trails we hadn't before experienced. Down low, the trails were fairy dry. At about 2300 feet, consistent ice slowed us down. Careful foot placement was necessary, especially on ledges, but I never felt a true need to don my microspikes. Trickiest part of the day was the 0.3 stretch on South Ridge Trail between South Peak and Rimrock. Icy!

Windy and COLD on South Peak and Rimrock. There were plenty of people on Cardigan's main summit (I could see them from South Peak), but I didn't feel the need or desire to hike up there.

Saw the large and fuzzy back end of a bear running away from us near the intersection of Clark and Vistamont. This oso was HUGE, but he/she didn't make a sound, even while running.  
Name
Name: Trish and Max 
E-Mail
E-Mail: patriciaellisherr@hotmail.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2013-11-23 
Link
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