Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Cardigan, NH
Trails: Holt Trail, Clark Trail, Holt-Clark Cutoff
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, March 21, 2015
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: I grabbed the second to last spot at the AMC Cardigan Lodge at 9-9:30 AM. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Ice - Breakable Crust, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable), Snow - Wet/Sticky 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Traction, Ice Axe 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Wooden bridge in fine condition 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes:  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: Another fellow found one half of a pair of yak trax and hung it on a sign near the trailhead. 
Comments: Only had a few hours so returned to Cardigan to do Holt trail this time with the Purple Warrior. Very well packed until the Cathedral junction. At that point the snow was hard on trail but off trail if the crust broke you sink a foot. We were fine in spikes to treeline then switched to crampons. We went down from the summit in spikes until they started balling as it got warmer, then went to snowshoes.

I've been up via Holt twice recently and either I've lost the trail or there are no cairns (due to grade) or tree blazes (sparse trees). Always fun to figure it out and route find.

I expected icier conditions and less snow or harder snow. What we found were places where the ice crust was hard enough to hold and others where we were breaking ice crust with our knees.  
Name: Erikthered 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2015-03-22 
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