Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Orange Mountain, Rimrock, Mt. Cardigan, NH
Trails: Holt Trail, Holt-Clark Cutoff (Cathedral Forest Trail), Vistamont Trail, Skyland Trail, West Ridge Trail, Clark Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Friday, January 31, 2014
Parking/Access Road Notes
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. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Snow - Trace/Minimal Depth, Ice - Blue, Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow - Drifts 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Not an issue. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Trails are in excellent shape. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: 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.  
Name: Pancks and Tesco Heaney 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2014-01-31 
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