Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Firescrew, Mt. Cardigan (attempt), NH
Trails: Manning Trail, Mowglis Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, December 30, 2018
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Cardigan Lodge parking lot was full at 8:30am 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Snow - Trace/Minimal Depth, Ice - Blue, Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Ice - Breakable Crust, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: All streams very easy to hop over 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: One large blowdown to side of trail. Lots of small branches  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: None seen 
Bugs: None 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Manning trail, Mowgli Trail (had to abort - Trail not found)

Mount Firescrew and failed attempt to cross over to Mount Cardigan. Had to turn back because I couldn’t find the trail that lead to Cardigan. Just simply disappeared. Learned valuable winter hiking lesson today - never assume the footprints you are following are by someone who knows where they are going. Spent 30 minutes totally off trail following tracks that ended at a dead end. Spent another 30 minutes on the summit of Firescrew trying to find the Mowgli trail that would have taken me to Cardigan. No trail markers to speak of and twice a followed tracks that also ended up in the bushes. I could see the fire tower on Cardigan right in front of me - considered bushwhacking but I knew that could potentially be a very dangerous mistake. So I turned around. Still a great hike overall, just a little frustrated. But, better to be safe than dead  
Name: Tracy C 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2018-12-31 
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