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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Orange Mountain, Mt. Cardigan, Firescrew, NH
Trails
Trails: Woodland Trail, Clark Trail, Vistamount Trail, Skyland Trail, West Ridge Trail, Mowglis Trail, Manning Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, December 12, 2015
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: plenty of parking at Cardigan Lodge though the road to the lodge (Shem Valley Rd) was becoming DEEPLY rutted mid-day.  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: minor/rock-hoppable 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Most trails in really good shape except for Manning Trail... I hadn't been on Manning in quite a few years, obviously, because I totally forgot how BAD this trail is - drainage issues and excessive foot traffic have really made this trail unpleasant with deep erosion, loose rocks, and a streambed!!!! I probably should have taken a different trail..... 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs
Bugs:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: Excellent loop after a full morning skiing and riding at Ragged Mtn. Crossing my fingers for snow soon on Cardigan!!! Was nice to see the ski trails marked for NO HIKING at several places where the ski trails and hiking trails cross. Terrific views!!!! I was able to just use trail running shoes and didn't bring any traction. Slid down a couple of rocks coming off the summit, however. Once up to the ridge, much is a nice jog along the rocks. Mid-afternoon a helicopter circled low around the Cardigan summit - FAR closer than in many war movies - it was quite amazing!!!! Right overhead!!!! WOW!!!!  
Name
Name: Becca Munroe 
E-Mail
E-Mail: beccahiker@yahoo.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2015-12-12 
Link
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