Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Brown Mountain, Church Mountain, Grafton Knob, Crane Mountain, Orange Mountain, Mt. Cardigan, NH
Trails: Skyland Trail, Vistamont Trail, Clark Trail, Hurricane Gap Trail, South Ridge Trail, Woodland Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, July 4, 2015
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Parking for a few vehicles on the side of the road at Alexandria Four Corners. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Mud - Significant 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Crossings rock hop-able, but swamp areas were brutal resulting in wet muddy feet. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Main trails were in good condition and well marked. One big blowdown on Vistamont above brook crossing. Skyland appears to be little used and grass and brush is growing high in some areas. Woodland Trail is worse than most bushwhacks--can't say enough how bad this trail is except for yellow blazes (some appear quite new) are follow-able but too numerous to count blowdowns, no apparent footbed, overgrown brush and water & mud everywhere. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: More than enough water 
Bugs: Pleasantly surprised there were No bugs again today 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Nice day looping on Cardigan. We answered cries for help near Ranger Cabin and helped a mother & young son find the summit (seperated from group with no map, no water, only their clothes on their back) Feeling horrible that early on we showed our map to trail runners and told them we would be returning Woodland, saw their deep muddy tracks and they suffered the same fate as we did, at least they were finishing at Lodge. Why Swampland is still on the map is a mystery to me, it is an abandoned trail. In face we noticed on our return it is not mentioned on trailhead sign but sign pointing to the trail still exisits at intersection. AMC guidebook warns that it is wet and may be difficult to follow but it didn't say it was abandoned--heck Shoal Pond is in better condition. We had a fun pleasant day, lovely vistas and good trails. Saw old foundation and an old wreck of a log cabin off of Skland Trail near Brown Mtn. Great numbers of people on the summit.  
Name: Nordic Gal, Becca Munroe 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2015-07-04 
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