Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Cardigan, Mt. Cardigan (South Peak), Rimrock, NH
Trails: Cardigan Mountain Road, West Ridge Trail, Ranger Cabin Trail, South Ridge Trail, Skyland Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Monday, February 19, 2018
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Plowed parking for a few cars near the gate on Cardigan Mountain Road in Orange. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Unpacked Powder 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: No issues. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: A couple of minor blowdowns on WRT and ST. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Sure. I saw a few who were very happy to be out. 
Bugs: Nope. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: Nothing. 
Comments: One last hike before my knee surgery, and since Cardigan is a favorite, it's a good place to "end" for now.

The road walk and WRT were a well-packed and solid snowshoe track all the way to treeline. I wore spikes up. Above treeline was a mix of snow, ice and mostly bare ledge. From the summit, I backtracked to the junction of WRT and RCT and put snowshoes on for a loop over South Peak and Rimrock. There was evidence of past boot traffic on these trails but they were largely unbroken. The short section of Skyland I was on looked like it hadn't been touched all winter, aside from someone who started up then turned around. Back at the WRT / ST junction, I switched back to spikes for the descent. Snow was sticky by the time I reached the summer parking area, so I ditched the spikes and barebooted down the road.

Lots more snow now than when I did this hike a little over a month ago, which mostly hid the usual ice bulges. As temps warm up, that ice will reappear and snowshoes will be needed round-trip. Very windy at the fire tower today, it felt like I was going to be pushed over a couple of times. But still beautiful as always.

Bye for now Cardigan, I'll be back soon.  
Name: KenM 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2018-02-19 
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