Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Orange Mountain, Rimrock, Mt. Cardigan (South Peak), NH
Trails: Manning Trail, Holt Trail, Vistamont Trail, Skyland Trail, South Ridge Trail, Hurricane Gap Trail, Clark Trail, Holt-Clark Cutoff
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, November 26, 2017
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Plenty of parking at the AMC Cardigan Lodge. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Ice - Black, Snow - Trace/Minimal Depth, Ice - Blue, Ice - Breakable Crust, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Leaves - Significant/Slippery 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Not an issue. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Trails are in decent shape overall. (See additional notes, below.) 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: We did a short loop up Orange Mountain and over to Rimrock and South Peak, to review the condition of the trails post-October rain event and subsequent wind storms. The high winds and limited time kept us off Mt. Cardigan proper.

We were pleasantly surprised to see run-off/erosion damage limited to the Manning and Holt Trails, in particular near the first bridge past the lodge and from there the next footbridge, as well as undermining of some of the rock steps past the Croo Bridge.

Vistamont Trail is in good shape; erosion was minimal. There were a few blowdowns, which we removed.

Skyland Trail did not seem more eroded than it already is in a few places heading down from Orange Mountain, and also heading up toward Rimrock.

Plenty of blue ice just about everywhere on the ledges on Orange Mountain; light traction was very helpful.

A lovely day out.  
Name: Pancks and Tesco Heaney 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2017-11-27 
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