Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Orange Mountain, Rimrock, Mt. Cardigan (South Peak), NH
Trails: Holt Trail, Cathedral Forest Trail (Holt-Clark Cutoff), Vistamont Trail, Skyland Trail, South Ridge Trail, Hurricane Gap Trail, Clark Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Thursday, November 25, 2010
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Plenty of parking at the AMC Cardigan Lodge. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Ice - Black, Ice - Blue, Snow - Trace/Minimal Depth 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: None of note. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: One small blowdown on the Holt Trail before the Croo Bridge; could be handled with a handsaw. On the Vistamont Trail, a half-dozen small (handsaw) blowdowns, as well as one medium, and one large (chainsaw) one. All are on the section of trail in the hardwoods, before the large glacial erratic shortly before the trail turns left into the softwoods and lower ledges. The single large blowdown is about 15 yards north of the intersection with the Clark Trail. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Trails were bone-dry because of the cold -- what was a week ago boot-sucking mud on some sections of the trail is now nice, crusty permafrost. Once into the softwood sections of the trails, though, one encounters numerous long patches of thick ice floe, in particular on some of the steep ledges approaching/leaving Orange Mountain, Rimrock and South Peak. While some of these can be carefully avoided, having light traction and poles is very helpful for staying on one's feet. Also, there are some very pretty ice formations on Elizabeth Holt Falls, viewable just past the Croo Bridge.  
Name: Pancks and Tesco Heaney 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2010-11-26 
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