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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Mt. Cardigan, Firescrew, NH
Trails
Trails: Manning Trail, Mowglis Trail, Clark Trail, Holt-Clark Cutoff, Holt Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, December 17, 2017
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: plenty of parking, usually crowded, but not this day probably due to Christmas 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow - Drifts 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: n/a 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes:  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: cold and wind dogs might need jacket 
Bugs
Bugs:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: Fresh 12" powder snow, no base to speak of, there was some bare booters out before me but damage wasn't serious. Did loop CCW. I encountered one happy group of back-country skiers on top of Firescrew heading for the Firescrew ledges and Dukes Ski Trail. They were very pleased with snow conditions like I was. I had hard time locating trail through spruce belt just below Cardigan summit. I had to practically bushwhack through. Summit cone had much open ledge which raised question whether to take trouble of dismounting snowshoes in high winds conditions or just try to walk in snow where possible and accept some wear tear on crampon of MSR's. I opted for the latter.  
Name
Name: Jazzbo 
E-Mail
E-Mail: rdcaron@rcn.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2017-12-18 
Link
Link: http:// 
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