Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Firescrew snowfields, PJ Ledge (Mt. Cardigan), NH
Trails: Kimball Ski Trail, Allieway Ski Trail, Dukes Ski Trail, Holt-Clark Cutoff, Clark Trail, Alexandria Ski Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, March 31, 2018
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Got to Cardigan Lodge early (8am) so the road wasn't rutted mud at that point. When I left, early afternoon, the road was its usual muddy rutted self. I have AWD/snow tires so it was fine.  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Snow - Spring Snow, Snow/Ice - Postholes 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Skis 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: several crossings were shallow on Allieway; several had snow bridges still 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes:  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: must be on-leash 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: no issues, though, someone took of the "SKI" portion of "SKI TRAIL" on the Alexandria Ski Trail sign at the base of the ski trail - apparently that's the green light to posthole the trail???? Glad I was on a snowboard as it would be worse on skis. I plowed over most of the postholes I could.

Terrific mostly morning for me here. Started early, hoping things would soften - it was taking a while so I headed over to the Dukes via Allieway from the Grand Junction and went to the Firescrew Ledges which I could descend from the top of the snowfield - was able to knit together a spring snow descent. From there, went back on Allieway over to Grand Junction and the Holt-Clark Cutoff and Clark Trail to PJ's Ledge. I considered going higher up the Clark Trail but the snow on the trail above PJ's ledge was pretty firm. From there descended the Alexandria Ski Trail - conditions good in the sun except for frozen postholes here and there. Then, skinned up to the top of the Kimball - that run was probably the best of the day - great snow cover and not too rutted. The hemlock glade was a bit thin.  
Name: Becca Munroe 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2018-03-31 
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