|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Mt. Cardigan, Mt. Cardigan (South Peak), Rimrock, NH|
||Cardigan Mountain Road, West Ridge Trail, Ranger Cabin Trail, South Ridge Trail, Skyland Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Monday, February 19, 2018|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Plowed parking for a few cars near the gate on Cardigan Mountain Road in Orange. |
||Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Unpacked Powder |
||Snowshoes, Light Traction |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||No issues. |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||A couple of minor blowdowns on WRT and ST. |
||Sure. I saw a few who were very happy to be out. |
|Lost and Found:
||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.
Disclaimer: Reports are not verified - conditions may vary. Use at own risk. Always be prepared when hiking. Observe all signs. Trail conditions reports are not substitutes for weather reports or common sense.