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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Mt. Cardigan (South Peak), Mt. Cardigan, NH
Trails
Trails: Manning Trail, Holt Trail, Holt-Clark Cutoff, Clark Trail, Hurricane Gap Trail, South Ridge Trail, West Ridge Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Tuesday, March 27, 2018
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Plenty of parking at the AMC Cardigan Lodge. Roads are getting muddy and starting to get rutted. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Wet/Sticky, Snow - Spring Snow, Snow/Ice - Postholes 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction, Skis 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Bridged 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: A couple blowdowns on the Holt-Clark Cutoff, one very large. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: No issues for dogs 
Bugs
Bugs: Snow fleas 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: Nothing 
 
Comments
Comments: Trails were pretty well packed by skier traffic. Holt Trail, Holt-Clark Cutoff and the Clark Trail were well packed, spikes were fine. We took the Hurricane Gap Trail up to the High Cabin and over to the South Ridge Trail. HGT was less consolidated and even more so above the cabin. The trail was solid enough to keep us from post holing but snowshoes would have been best option here. There were some older post holes on the HGT. South Ridge Trail was a mix of postholes and packed trail but we were fine with just spikes. Clark Trail from the Ranger Cabin to the summit was harder to follow due to the skier traffic. I stayed left and ended up hitting the West Ridge Trail a bit below the summit. The summit cone was mixed snow and bare rock, no ice. Followed the Clark Trail back down to the Ranger Cabin and noted lots of skier traffic and still has good snow cover for skiing. Windy on the summit but just below was nice in the warm sun. Lots of uphill skier traffic as we were heading down.  
Name
Name: skidder 
E-Mail
E-Mail: stephen.kidder@yahoo.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2018-03-27 
Link
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