|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Mt. Cardigan, NH|
||Jeep road, West Ridge Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Wednesday, November 18, 2015|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Access road to summer lot is still ungated for the time being. |
||Dry Trail, Ice - Black, Snow - Trace/Minimal Depth, Ice - Blue, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable |
||Light Traction |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||Minor rock hop. |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||No blowdowns. The Cardigan Highlanders are a dedicated volunteer group that maintains this and other area trails. |
|Lost and Found:
||Took the old Firewarden's Jeep road (departs adjacent to the bathrooms) to check it out. Still easily followed up to the West Ridge Trail. Appears to cut off about 1/10th of a mile, and avoids the initial up-and-down, but also has a few muddy sections. Drops into the West Ridge Trail just below the first trail junction.|
West Ridge Trail had minor patchy black ice initially, but also had some blue ice above and below Cliff's Bridge. I was able to bareboot (and would have barebooted even if I had brought traction), but some may feel more comfortable with traction for these isolated spots. There were also some wet ledges that could set up overnight. In addition, due to the water perking up from these ledgy areas, it's safe to assume there will be ice when temperatures drop after the forecasted rain.
There was also a dusting of snow in a few places near the summit. Otherwise, the trails were generally dry (ground is generally frozen) with a few avoidable mud patches in the usual spots.
Chilly sunset. Winter is approaching.
Disclaimer: Reports are not verified - conditions may vary. Use at own risk. Always be prepared when hiking. Observe all signs. Trail conditions reports are not substitutes for weather reports or common sense.