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: Tuesday, March 10, 2015
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: The road leading up to the AMC Lodge is a nightmare. Lots of deep mud tracks. Coming in wasn't too bad, but leaving was awful. I'd recommend at 4WD vehicle (my AWD vehicle did alright, but it was a white knuckle trip out).  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Trace/Minimal Depth, Ice - Blue, Ice - Breakable Crust, Snow - Spring Snow, Snow/Ice - Postholes 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes:  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes:  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Kirby had a blast!! 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Overall a great hike. Manning trail gets obscured after you leave the woods and head toward the summit. I was able to follow an old snowshoe trail, but I doubt it will be there much longer given all the wind in the forecast. Blazes are on the rocks, which are covered in snow and ice. Also, the Mowglis Trail between Firescrew and Cardigan was a little tricky to follow, but we managed. Coming off of Mt. Cardigan (Clark Trail) we lost the trail (again, blazes are on rocks, covered in snow and ice). Just make sure you head toward the fire warden's cabin and you'll be all set!

I DEFINITELY recommend snowshoes and spikes. Almost undoable without them.

Also, I ran into three kids on the summit who came up from the state park. They said the trail wasn't that bad (none of them had snowshoes, spikes or even winter boots). I hadn't seen any trail reports out there for the West Ridge Trail so I figured I'd include some info here.  
Name: C. LaBrecque 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2015-03-10 
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