|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Mowglis Mountain, Cilley's Cave, Firescrew, Grotto Cave, Mt. Cardigan, Rimrock, Orange Mountain, NH|
||Back 80 Trail, Elwell Trail, herd path, Hanging Rock spur trail, Mowglis Trail, Grotto Cave spur trail, Clark Trail, South Ridge Trail, Skyland Trail, Vistamount Trail, Woodland Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Thursday, July 24, 2014|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Initially tried to ascend from Orange Road (Class 6 road) near Sculptured Rocks in Groton, as this is an access point to the northern end of the Mowglis Trail. Unfortunately, I ran into several roadblocks (logging, businesses, etc) -- even so, would not advise using this route, given the how rough the road is (high-clearance vehicles only, especially after the first half mile or so). Eventually drove around to Alexandria to the AMC Lodge to begin. |
||Dry Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Mud - Minor/Avoidable |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||all rock-hoppable |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||Great to finally meet Craig, the focal person for Cardigan area trail maintenance! He helped me find some of my objectives - THANKS!!! Anyway, in terms of maintenance, here are my mental notes. Back 80 Trail - excellent, beautiful forest, good trail around the beaver ponds; Elwell Trail to Mowglis Mtn - yikes... getting very grown in, especially across the logging cuts, but, flagging is very evident in the overgrown areas except for one logging cut where I lost my way; Mowglis Tr - beautiful trail, tho, I had to really hunt for Hanging Rock sign :) Skyland/Vistamont/Clark/Woodland - really beautiful forest - some work in progress on Woodland. Crag Shelter has tyvek/repair underway. |
||didn't see many |
||not bad because it was windy!! YAY!!! |
|Lost and Found:
||Goal was to finally find Cilley's Cave... third time *was* the charm - yippee!!!! Very fun large loop. Spur to Cilley's Cave off Mowglis Trail did have a little cairn and rope was pretty solid-feeling down to the cave. I had to really hunt around for the spur to Grotto Cave - I went up on the Firescrew slabs to see the cairns off in the distance; followed cairns over the edge-- kind of slippery in spots and a long descent but very neat area to explore. |
Quite the crowds on the summit cone of Cardigan today - kept thinking there must be a rollercoaster up there based on all the screaming you can hear from as far as Rimrock!!! It was good to know people were having a good time... at least I hope that's why they were screaming :) ?
Just beautiful forests - I don't think I had been on some of these trails before - they are really awesome!!! Beautiful streams as well - what a gem!!!!
||Becca Munroe |
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.