|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Mt. Cardigan, NH|
||Road walk, West Ridge Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Sunday, March 24, 2019|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Parking area obviously still closed so needed to park on Burnt Hill Rd. Access roads from South (Burnt Hill Rd., Millbrook Rd.) is very bumpy and muddy. Recommend driving around through Orange, NH and taking Cardigan Mountain Road if you have any concerns about driving in those conditions. |
||Wet Trail, Ice - Blue, Wet/Slippery Rock, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable), Snow - Spring Snow, Snow/Ice - Postholes |
||Light Traction |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||All frozen with snow bridges across |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||Saw about 5 pups on the trail. |
|Lost and Found:
||Perfect day for a hike where the temperatures are getting milder. Needed to park on Burnt Hill Rd. as expected due to the park being closed for the winter. Road was plowed but in rough condition from the winter. See above for access notes if you have any concerns with driving in muddy conditions with potholes. |
Started out around 1045 am in hopes that it would be a little warmer. I wore a few layers but only needed my windbreaker at the summit. We hiked up the access road on a nicely packed monorail. We hit the trailhead and made our way up. Didn't see too many post holes along the way--mostly looked like from people stepping slightly off the side of the trail. The stream is completely frozen over and with snow so no issues climbing around there. Once exposed above the trees there are still a good amount of areas with snow/ice so we left our microspikes on. All but one of us had spikes and he made it up no problem. Actually saw quite a few people without them but I personally recommend it just for the peace of mind.
At the summit we didn't stay long due to the wind. It was very cold if you stood in the wind. Turned around and made our way back after spending about 15 minutes at the summit--all in all a good hike. Took about 2 hours 45 minutes with breaks included.
||M. Sully |
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.