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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Mt. Cardigan, NH
Trails
Trails: Holt Trail, Clark Trail, Holt-Clark Cutoff (Cathedral Forest Trail)
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, August 1, 2015
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Plenty at the Cardigan Lodge, although some cars were parked along the road. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Easy due to bridges and/or low water levels. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: No issues of note. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Dunno if I'd recommend dogs for the upper portion of Holt Trail (depends on the dog). One scramble in particular is quite steep with minimal hand holds. 
Bugs
Bugs: Almost non-existent, which was great because swatting 'em away while trying to climb the upper part of Holt Trail would've been unpleasant. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: After work, I decided to swing over to Cardigan and see for myself whether or not the Holt trail (upper part in particular) has some of the most difficult scrambling in New England. Now that I've done it, I'd have to say no, it does not, but there were some decently challenging scrambles, including one right before the summit, which is a Class 3 scramble with minimal handholds. I strongly advise against hiking up this in wet or icy weather, or hiking down it period!

Still a very fun and challenging hike, and I would like to hike Holt Trail again in the near future.  
Name
Name: Spencer 
E-Mail
E-Mail:  
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2015-08-01 
Link
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