Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Orange Mountain, Rimrock, Mt. Cardigan (South Peak), Mt. Cardigan, Firescrew, NH
Trails: Woodland Trail, Clark Trail, Vistamont Trail, Skyland Trail, South Ridge Trail, Clark Trail, Mowglis Trail, Elwell Trail, Back 80 Trail, Holt Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Thursday, June 1, 2017
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Plenty of parking at Cardigan Lodge, Shem Valley Road in decent shape. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Mud - Significant 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Crossings were mostly able to be rock hopped, though with wet feet, it didn't really matter. There is a tree down IN the crossing on Vistamont, but it doesn't block the trail, or prevent you from crossing. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: The sections of Woodland and Clark that we traveled were in good shape, Vistamont had a couple of stepovers and was pretty muddy in spots, Skyland was muddy in the cols along the ridge, Mowglis between Cardigan and Manning Trail had several areas under water (in the cols), Mowglis down to Elwell was fairly muddy and slick, Elwell in decent shape with a couple of stepovers, Back 80 was fairly muddy along most of its length with a couple of stepovers and duckunders. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Saw several on the summit with their people, enjoying the breeze. 
Bugs: Black flies bad in the parking lot in the morning, but were not bothersome at all the rest of the day, since we were moving fast, and the breeze was keeping them at bay. No ticks! 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Took a nice tour of the lesser used trails on Cardigan today, and only saw folks on the summit itself! Things were mostly muddy and wet throughout, though the ledges up to Cardigan were mercifully dry. Clouds threatened, but the rain seemed to be concentrated to the north and east. Breezy once on the ridge, and it was fairly chilly on top, but folks were hanging around in spite of it. Leaving everyone behind, we finished the loop on quiet trails. Quite a bit of moose sign on Mowglis and Back 80. Great day out on the Sweater!  
Name: Bill Robichaud 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2017-06-01 
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