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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Little Sugarloaf, Sugarloaf, Bear Mountain, Oregon Mountain, Mowglis Mountain, Mt. Cardigan , NH
Trails
Trails: Elwell Trail, Oregon Mountain Trail, Mowglis Trail, Clark Trail, Holt-Clark Cutoff, Holt Trail, Manning Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Friday, April 27, 2018
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: The section where Shem Valley becomes dirt is very soft and was nearly impassable for my small car. I made it both ways, but not without pushing it. Others seemed to be getting by, but the ruts are deep. Good parking at Elwell trailhead. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Ice - Blue, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Snow - Spring Snow, Snow/Ice - Postholes, Snow/Ice - Small Patches 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: No problems 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Lots of deadfall. Ellwell is well blazed all the way. Some turns come fast and are hard to find. Mowglis is hard to find in places in snow-cover. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs
Bugs:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: Mixed bag conditions; mud, water, ice, varying snow. Snow was mainly absent under 2000 feet, but higher up snowshoes are a must. Light traction was good to have, though we did not use it. Snow is getting soft and melting fast but is deep in places. Powerline vicinity was easy to navigate when the vegetation is down.

Hike was 16mi. with about 5300 of gain, which was more than we expected. Thanks Bill for coming out for this one.  
Name
Name: zporterColdRiverCampCook, Bill Cronin  
E-Mail
E-Mail: zap88@tds.net 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2018-04-27 
Link
Link: http:// 
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