Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Jefferson, NH
Trails: Caps Ridge Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, May 13, 2018
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Jefferson Notch Rd is closed. There still is snow and ice on road above 2600ft and upper areas were still soft and muddy. I parked at gate on Base Rd and rode my fat bike up to Caps Ridge trailhead. Jefferson Notch Rd was in good shape, no significant erosion. There were a few trees down across road, one which required a dismount to carry my bike over. Probably a couple more weeks yet before road can be opened. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Snow - Spring Snow, Snow/Ice - Small Patches 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: No crossings 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Many trees down. Below 3600ft, mostly clear with few minor intrusions into trail corridor. Just below the outlook rock at 3800ft, there are four 4-8" duck-unders/step-overs. Just above the outlook rock, it looks like a whole fir wave went down over the trail, to point it is hard to tell where trail corridor is. A couple trees in this mess are about 12" in size. Had to bushwhack around this mess. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs: Haven't started yet 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Love hiking Caps Ridge Trail before Jefferson Notch Rd opens. Saw no people heading up and two coming down. I put gaiters and spikes on at trailhead because it looked like deep postholed snow starting out, but it lasted all of 100ft and then bare dry ground for a good while. There were brief, intermittent patches of rotten snow higher up, usually not lasting more than 100ft. Spikes were not needed. Once on the Caps, it was bare dry rock with a few bits of avoidable ice in recesses. Had planned to hit Jefferson only, but it was short sleeve weather up top so I decided to head over to Mt Adams. The trail traverses east aspects that still have deep snow fields. Little more work than anticipated quick out-and-back to Adams, so I bailed and called it a day. Saw five people all day.  
Name: Doug Jansen 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2018-05-13 
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