Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Firescrew, Mt. Cardigan, NH
Trails: Holt Trail, Manning Trail, Mowglis Trail, Clark Trail, Holt-Clark Cutoff (Cathedral Forest Trail)
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, March 16, 2014
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Cardigan Lodge - Always room to park. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Ice - Blue, Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Ice - Breakable Crust, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow - Drifts, Snow/Ice - Postholes 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: None. All water crossings are bridged. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Manning had the tracks of a single bare-booter, who bailed on his summit attempt about a mile from the summit. We finished breaking out the Manning, and broke the Mowglis to Cardigan. The Clark from Cardigan had been well skied the day before, and was very packed down.  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Saw none. Normally, I would've brought my dog... but the ice, extreme cold, and high winds forced me to reconsider. Good decision: the ice would've been too much for her.  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Beautiful day to be out. I used snowshoes from car-to-car, with the exception being Cardigan's summit cone. I used crampons to summit from the Firescrew Col, and went back to shoes at the Fire Warden's Cabin. Others made it with microspikes and snowshoes, but after donning crampons, I definitely had the easiest ascent. Lots of ice - Cairns and trees were solid blocks of clear ice.  
Name: Jamie Blair 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2014-03-17 
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