Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Cardigan (South Peak), NH
Trails: Manning Trail, Holt Trail, Holt-Clark Cutoff, Clark Trail, Hurricane Gap Trail, South Ridge Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Friday, December 14, 2018
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Plenty of room late morning at the AMC Lodge. Shem Valley Road was a bit icy in places but sanded pretty well. There is a large ice bulge forming along the road taking up about half the road. Will need to be removed soon. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Ice - Blue, Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Snow/Ice - Postholes 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: One easy hop, the rest are bridged 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: A few smaller blowdowns higher up on the Clark Trail. One large blowdown at the South Ridge Trail/Hurricane Gap Trail junction with the trail sign bolted to it. Will need to find a new tree to hang the sign on. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: No troubles for dogs 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: Found a pair of sunglasses on the Hurricane Gap Trail near the High Cabin. Email with description and I can ship to you. 
Comments: Cloudy skies today with the summits in the fog. Trail was firm right from the start so we were fine in spikes. Trail was well packed by snowshoes and skis. There were a few areas where open seeps limited snow accumulation. Those are now frozen and will start to fill in with the next storm. First signs of ice flows just below the Alexandria Ski Trail Junction with the Clark Trail. Ice flow were easy enough to get around but could get more difficult with the melting expected this weekend. Once we were on the Hurricane Gap Trail the snow was much softer and loaded with post holes. HGT was a rough walking, snowshoes would have been helpful here. South Ridge Trail to the summit of the South Peak was well packed. Snowshoes will likely be needed over the weekend with the warmer temps as the trail was softening up early afternoon when we were coming down.  
Name: Skidder 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2018-12-14 
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