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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Mt. Cardigan, Firescrew, NH
Trails
Trails: Holt Trail, Mowglis Trail, Manning Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Plenty of parking at AMC Cardigan Lodge, only 4 other vehicles there when I arrived, 3 when I returned. Shem Valley Road in good shape.  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Mud - Minor/Avoidable 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Bridged. Bailey Brook's flow was pretty meager.  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: One easy step-over on lower Holt, a bit brushy on upper Holt where it enters the scrub. Mowglis and Manning in good shape. A bit more wet and muddy on Manning. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Several hanging around with their people on the summit. 
Bugs
Bugs: Midges thick down low, but once on the ledges and summit, the bugs were practically non-existent, thanks to a light breeze. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: My first time hiking the Sweater, and quite the day I picked for it. A warm start and little wind on my climb, lead to me being a sweaty mess by the summit. The Holt lived up to my expectations, though like anything good, it was too short. Excellent dry rock helped matters. Summit views were great, if a bit hazy, couldn't really make out peaks in Vermont, but could see Moosilauke, Franconia Ridge, and the Sandwich Range. About a dozen people on and around the summit during my stay. Mowglis not marked from the summit, but white blazes easily found and followed north, through the col, to Firescrew. Manning was great as well, alternating between open ledges and scrub, before dropping fairly steeply into the woods, to finish the loop. A long drive, for a great short hike!  
Name
Name: Bill Robichaud 
E-Mail
E-Mail: bill.robichaud@gmail.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2014-06-18 
Link
Link: http://onapathwithheart.blogspot.com/2014/06/hiking-sweater-61714.html 
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