Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Cardigan, NH
Trails: Manning Trail, Holt Trail, Holt-Clark Cutoff, Clark Trail, West Ridge Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Monday, January 14, 2019
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Plenty of parking at the AMC Cardigan Lodge -- just one other car there this afternoon when we showed up. Shem Valley Road is in great shape right now. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow - Drifts 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes:  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: A couple of recent (in the past couple of weeks) duck-under softwoods on the Clark Trail -- a bow-saw could take these out. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: See our report from yesterday about conditions on the Manning Trail up Firescrew -- pretty much the same on the other side of the mountain, heading up Mt. Cardigan.

Plenty of fresh powder on either side of the snowshoe/ski track -- we wore snowshoes the entire way, especially higher up, through the drifts.

At the ranger cabin, heading up the Clark Trail to the summit, the gully on the left has filled nicely with snow as it does some winters -- easier to head up this and connect with the West Ridge Trail to then head to the summit, as Clark Trail over the steep ledges near the summit is getting thin, crusty, and no longer sticks to the rock as well.

Cold and blustery up top, but beautiful white coverage everywhere -- perfect for the alpenglow this evening at sunset.  
Name: Pancks and Tesco Heaney 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2019-01-14 
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