|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Mt. Cardigan, Firescrew, NH|
||Manning Trail, Holt Trail, Mowglis Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Thursday, September 29, 2016|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Parked at the AMC Cardigan Lodge. |
||Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||Bailey Brook is but a trickle. :( |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||All trails in good shape. |
||Don't take a dog up the Holt Trail. :O |
|Lost and Found:
||A morning loop over Cardigan and Firescrew ascending via the Holt Trail, which I hadn't climbed in three years.|
I'd forgotten how tricky this trail is at the two crux moves just below the summit, on the steepest part of the trail. I managed to avoid swinging around the boulder at the first spot by taking a well beaten herd path around to the left (look down on the ground for a "B" carved into the rock). I'm glad I did, as the footing under the boulder that you use to get yourself up and around was wet. The second scramble cannot be avoided and takes a bit of faith as well as some gymnastics to get up. Both scrambles have significant exposure and falling risk. The ledges were wet in spots and required careful and deliberate footing. At least there was no ice this time!
Once on the summit, cold winds were blasting and I huddled behind the fire tower for a snack. Tremendous views in all directions under today's clear skies. On the way over to Firescrew, I noticed that the side path to Grotto Cave has now been blazed with blue spray paint. Not sure if this was done officially or not as it looks a bit sloppy. There is also a small cairn at the trail junction. Neither the cairn nor the blazes were there when I went to the cave earlier this year.
Terrific views as always traversing Firescrew and descending the end of the ridge. Only saw one other person on Cardigan and a group of school kids climbing Firescrew. A fantastic day to be out!
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.