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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Mt. Cardigan, NH
Trails
Trails: Access road, West Ridge Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, April 5, 2015
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Dirt road leading to the gated access road is very muddy/rutty right now. I would not advise 2WD cars attempt this until the road hardens. For those who do get up to the gate, there is plowed parking for perhaps half a dozen cars. Access road to summer parking lot is gated and still fully covered with 6-12" of hardpack. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Ice - Blue, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable), Snow - Spring Snow, Snow/Ice - Postholes 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Minor or bridged. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: No blowdowns on West Ridge Trail. A couple of blowdowns on the access road that will need to be trimmed back for vehicular access. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs
Bugs:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: Gated access road walk is very choppy due to barebooters chewing it up when temperatures were warmer. My ankles are sore as a result of having to walk on this mess.

West Ridge Trail up to the bridge is generally in the early stages of a firm frozen granular/ice monorail. There are a few blue ice bulges, but they were generally avoidable. I wore small snowshoes for traction, but it could be Microspiked until temperatures climb again. Still 1-2 feet of snowpack.

The scrubby traverse section is still fully covered with snowpack. When the trail turns and starts climbing the ledges, the snowpack quickly becomes patchy. Once the trail emerges into the open, one can walk on dry ledge all the way to the tower.  
Name
Name: rocket21 
E-Mail
E-Mail: rocket21@franklinwebpublishing.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2015-04-05 
Link
Link: http://hike.franklinsites.com 
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