|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Orange Mountain, Rimrock, Mt. Cardigan, NH|
||Holt Trail, Holt-Clark Cutoff (Cathedral Forest Trail), Vistamont Trail, Skyland Trail, West Ridge Trail, Clark Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Friday, January 31, 2014|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Plenty of parking at the AMC Cardigan Lodge. Shem Valley Road is plowed/sanded and in good shape for 2WD, even without snow tires. |
||Dry Trail, Snow - Trace/Minimal Depth, Ice - Blue, Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow - Drifts |
||Light Traction |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||Not an issue. |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||Trails are in excellent shape. |
|Lost and Found:
||Very fast-moving conditions on the trails today -- this may change a bit, though, as temperatures warm this weekend, possibly softening some of the nicely packed snow currently on most of the trails.|
All trails hiked today -- except for upper ledges and Skyland Trail from Orange Mountain to Rimrock -- are a couple of inches of loose-packed powder atop blue ice; Hillsound trail crampons worked best to grip through the layer above the ice.
Skyland Trail section from Orange Mountain to Rimrock is a few inches of new powder on thin consolidated base atop blue ice, alternating with drifts, dry trail, and some sections of blue ice. The snowshoe-able stretches of powder were brief; our snowshoes stayed on the pack.
Item to note: the Holt-Clark Cutoff (Cathedral Forest Trail) has been re-blazed in the past couple of months (since we last used the trail), with quite a few (quite a few) new blazes -- often every 20 feet, and at varying heights, and often more than one blaze on the same tree. Suffice it to say, the trail is well marked.
||Pancks and Tesco Heaney |
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.