Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Cardigan, Firescrew, NH
Trails: Holt Trail, Manning Trail, Mowglis Trail, Clark Trail, Holt-Clark Cutoff
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, May 11, 2014
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Lot at Cardigan lodge about 3/4s full in the AM and about 1/4 full in the PM 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Ice - Blue, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Snow/Ice - Small Patches 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Crossing on upper part of Clark Trail still has a patch of ice many inches thick but is beginning to break up -crossed stepping on rocks poking through the Ice 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: All were in great shape 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Met many out and about today - looks like most came up west ridge trail but a few heading up Clark as well. steep stretch on Manning below the summit ledges might be tough for some with wet rocks and ice. Lots of water along the way. 
Bugs: Yes, they are starting to make an appearance - a few flying about down low trying to bite. 20 MPH winds up top kept them away when on Cardigan. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Couldn't have asked for a better day! Blue skies and warm temps it was nice to have and break out the sunscreen. Up firescrew and over to Cardigan. Must have seen 50 or more folks along the trails and at the summit. Trails are dry down low with a few patches of avoidable mud on the Manning trail. There are still a few patches of snow and ice up higher on the Manning and Clark trails below the ledges. There is one perennial tricky section on Manning on the steeps before you break out on the ledges below the summit. Lots of running water and ice make this a very slick section - most people were bushwhacking off to the side through moss and woods to avoid it - to the right heading up or left heading down. Given thickness of ice and no direct sun probably will be like this for a little while longer. Some puddles and mud on Mowglis between Firescrew and Cardigan some of which can be avoided some just need to get your boots wet. Ledges on Cardigan were all dry. Minor patches of ice and wet rocks on Clark can be avoided.  
Name: Brian from Maine 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2014-05-11 
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