|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Mt. Washington, NH|
||Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail, Crawford Path, Trinity Heights Connector, Gulfside, Jewell Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Wednesday, November 6, 2019|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Very quiet day at the Ammonoosuc Ravine/Jewell trailhead parking lot. My car was the third one in the lot when I got there around 10:30 AM, and the only one when I finished the hike at 4:25 PM. |
||Dry Trail, Ice - Black, Snow - Trace/Minimal Depth, Wet Trail, Ice - Blue, Wet/Slippery Rock, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Snow - Drifts, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Snow/Ice - Small Patches |
||Light Traction |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||All rock hopped or crossed via footbridges. |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||Some erosion on the lower parts of the Ammonoosuc Ravine and Jewell trails; easily bypassed. No other major issues |
||Use caution if bringing a dog up here- some sections of trail can be a challenge for dogs as well as humans, particularly Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail from Gem Pool to Lakes of the Clouds hut. Most of that section had a lot of ice, and from the alpine zone sign to the hut, it was like a glacier. |
|Lost and Found:
||The lower parts of both the Ammonoosuc Ravine and Jewell trails were mostly snow and ice free, with most of the snow being off to the sides. Ammo Ravine from Gem Pool to LOC hut had a fair amount of snow and a lot of ice, some of which was almost glacier-like. I wore microspikes and got by fine. Crawford Path from the hut to the summit of Washington had a lot of snow (for early November) and rime ice, with some areas covered with boilerplate ice under a couple inches of snow. Gulfside Trail was similar to Crawford Path in regards to the snow and ice situation. The Jewell Trail overall was safer and far less icy than Ammonoosuc Ravine, which I was relieved about. |
Weather was frigid and windy the whole time, with wind chills hitting -10 to -20 F above treeline. Washington was in the clouds when I started the hike, but just before I got to the top, the clouds cleared and the sun came out, revealing excellent views of the Southern and Northern Presidentials, as well as the surrounding area. Only saw two other people and a dog the whole hike, and they all turned back and were going down Ammo Ravine as I was going up it.
Winter is coming fast, so please come prepared with the right clothing and gear AND the ability to use them properly.
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.