|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Mt. Monroe, Mt. Franklin, Mt. Eisenhower, Mt. Pierce, Mt. Jackson, Mt. Webster, NH|
||Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail, Crawford Path, Monroe Loop, Eisenhower Loop, Webster-Jackson Trail, Webster Cliff Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Sunday, November 3, 2019|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Parked at the Ammo lot, no problems |
||Dry Trail, Ice - Black, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Ice - Breakable Crust, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Mud - Significant, Leaves - Significant/Slippery, Snow/Ice - Postholes |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||Ammo was running high so a few crossings were sketchy and took some care. Watch out for rocks with clear ice! |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||Sad to see the NUMEROUS illegal camp sites above tree line and further down the AT to 302. Irresponsible hikers are being extremely reckless. |
||Saw a few well behaved dogs who were having a great time |
||Ha, if you consider grey jays bugs, then yes |
|Lost and Found:
||Found a case on the summit cairn on Eisenhower, if its yours, email me what it was and what’s inside and I’ll gladly ship it! ||
||Started up the Ammo at 5:30a. Some stream crossings were tough to follow in the dark. The area below the junction is really beat up. After the climb to LOC, we found the front door wide open and numerous people sleeping inside the hut. That’s a bummer as the AMC crew team works really hard to preserve the hut as well as the area around it. There were clear signs of it being broken into. Called the AMC and told them today.|
After we hit Monroe, we were on our way to Franklin and the clouds broke wide open for a majority of the day. Higher summits forecasted minimal sun and a day in the clouds. Glad they were incorrect!
As anticipated, the ridge walk was windy but certainly tolerable as we ventured up and over Eisenhower.
After our climb to Pierce, i rebuilt the rock detour to keep people off the alpine vegetation. It’s sad to see our alpine environment deteriorating at such a rapid pace. Stay on the trails people, don’t help further the erosion! It’s also sad to see so many numerous dead moss patches and evident “cowboy” campsites along this portion of the AT. I have a feeling the Thru hiking frenzy has brought too many irresponsible novices to our beloved mountains.
The blowdown patch right before Mitzpah was impressive. We navigated our way through and continued over to Jackson through the mud and ice. We made good time over to Webster considering the trail conditions. Once at Webster, we marveled at the cliffs and got caught in a snow squal. Quite a surreal end to our 13 mile adventure!
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.