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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Mt. Cardigan, Mt. Cardigan (South Peak), Firescrew, NH
Trails
Trails: Manning Trail, Holt Trail, Holt-Clark Cutoff, Clark Trail, Hurricane Gap Trail, South Ridge Trail, Mowglis Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, January 13, 2019
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Large parking lot still had plenty spaces. Road to lodge was in great shape. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Snow - Drifts 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Croo Bridge is holding up well 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes:  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs
Bugs:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: The big spruce tree holding Sign at junction of Hurricane Gap and South Ridge Trails is completely down. The next good snowfall will bury the sign and make ithard to tell you are at junction. Addition to this there are two spruces bent over by some previous sleet event obscures trail heading toward the summit. This could confuse travelers taking the side trip over to South Peak.

Sunday was a great day to be above tree line. Extensive bare rock ledges usually encountered were coated with frozen wet snow providing super great grip for my MSR Lightning ascents never needed to take shoes off to protect the points. Trail between Firescrew and Cardigan was drifted over making it hard to stay on trail. Snow was not very deep so bushwhacking was not hard. I got a good workout and tested out my winter gear very well. My new boots are working out very well.  
Name
Name: Jazzbo 
E-Mail
E-Mail: rdcaron@rcn.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2019-01-16 
Link
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