|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Mt. Moosilauke, NH|
||Glencliff Trail, Carriage Road|
|Date of Hike:
||Wednesday, March 13, 2019|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Ice - Blue, Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Drifts, Snow - Wet/Sticky, Snow/Ice - Postholes |
|Water Crossing Notes:
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||A 1 foot diameter duck under maybe a mile in. Another blowdown higher up. |
|Lost and Found:
||Snowshoes roundtrip this afternoon/evening.|
If going through the gate (rather than down the road to the AT), the first few hundred yards is packed out by logging traffic (turns off just before joining the AT). Thereafter, the next half a mile or so had sticky snow in the warmer temperatures today and was choppy from bareboot traffic. The footbed is hugging the trees in some portions. A foot or two of snowpack down here. No tracks on the Hurricane Trail.
One leaving the hardwoods, the snowpack increased to 3 to 4 feet for a good portion of the ascent with some random postholes. However, as the scree field nears, the snowpack increases significantly, including a very high drift just before the Carriage Road junction (many feet deep). Lower Carriage Road appeared to be dominated by ski tracks.
Unfortunately the Carriage Road had been trashed by a parasitic postholer. The scrub portion of the trail has very deep snow, perhaps 10 feet deep in the drifts. Foolhardy endeavor to do this section without snowshoes or skis in the upcoming warm weather.
Once out of the scrub and above treeline, there's not much snowpack, but the trail had consistent frozen cover of either snow or blue ice (none of the exposed blue ice was on a particularly steep angle). I brought light traction, but left the snowshoes on, as it wasn't worth the time switching out for a few tenths, and frankly they ended up working better than light traction would have.
Light snow was falling as dark approached. Upper elevation snow did not warm up much today, so it remains powder for the time being.
Disclaimer: Reports are not verified - conditions may vary. Use at own risk. Always be prepared when hiking. Observe all signs. Trail conditions reports are not substitutes for weather reports or common sense.