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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Little Sugarloaf, Sugarloaf, Bear Mountain, Oregon Mountain, Mowglis Mountain, Mt. Cardigan, Rimrock, Orange Mountain, Crane Mountain, Church Mountain, Brown Mountain, NH
Trails
Trails: Elwell Trail, Oregon Mountain Trail, Mowglis Trail, Clark Trail, South Ridge Trail, Skyland Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, October 3, 2015
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: plenty of parking at the Elwell Trailhead (across from Wellington State Park) - almost no other cars in the lot 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes:  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: NO issues - nice mix of old and new trail signs. Occasional deadfall on the trail after all the wind and rain - I noticed one or two fresh ones but cannot remember exactly where. A few brushy spots mainly where old logging roads let the sun in, but, pretty easy to follow the trail all along the loop. New skidder/logging road crossing the the Elwell Trail near Bear Mtn - kind of tricky finding a way across the mud 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: didn't see many - not much water along the loop except at a couple minor water crossings and Crag Shelter 
Bugs
Bugs: a few buzzing around; think I heard one cricket 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: This big loop has been on my list for a LONG time - ever since I saw the "Mt Cardigan 12.5 miles" sign or some variant of that sign YEARS ago at the Elwell Trailhead. I did this as a bike spot - dropped my bike off at the Alexandria 4-corners and rode back at the end of the day. Glad I did it in this direction as there is a 1200' drop from the Alexandria 4-corners and the start of the Elwell Trail - would NOT want to ride that uphill with a pack. Anyway, LOTS of wildlife evidence near Bear Mtn. Lots of elevation gain throughout this hike - around 6K' total - powered by a LOT of candy :)  
Name
Name: Becca Munroe 
E-Mail
E-Mail: beccahiker@yahoo.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2015-10-03 
Link
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