Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Cardigan, NH
Trails: Access road, West Ridge Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, January 14, 2017
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: The access road is closed. There is head-in parking across from the gated access road entrance. It takes about 10-15 minutes to hike to the West Ridge trail head. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Ice - Black, Ice - Blue, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable) 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: an open stream but no problem crossing 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes:  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Microspikes seemed like the best traction to use but I also carried crampons. The trail was moderately icy for the first half with a few patches of water ice. But then it transitioned to major sections of water ice. I had no problem with my sharpened Hillsounds but a group I passed decided to turn around before tree line as the water ice got more aggressive. At tree line I had to remove my microspikes as the ledges were completely ice free all the way to the summit. I put on my wind parka, more head insulation and a face mask balaclava. A bit nippy at the summit with a steady breeze. The fire tower is closed. Given current conditions I recommend aggressive (1/2") sharp microspikes or crampons since there is significant sections of water ice.  
Name: dexhiker 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2017-01-14 
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