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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Mt. Cardigan, NH
Trails
Trails: Holt Trail, Holt-Clark Cutoff, Clark Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Thursday, April 14, 2011
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: AMC sign missing for Shem Valley Road. First part of that road a little muddy, but fine thereafter. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Ice - Blue, Wet/Slippery Rock, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable), Snow - Spring Snow 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Significant crossings are bridged. Small crossing at beginning of Holt-Clark Cutoff was a little tricky, but hoppable. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Some deadfall remaining. Cut out three blowdowns on Holt-Clark Cutoff. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs
Bugs: A few flying around, none swarming or biting. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: Snow started 100 feet past the parking lot at the AMC Cardigan Lodge. Put on snowshoes right away, as barebooting was more work in the soft snow. Consistent snowcover, generally 6-12" deep on trail, all the way to Grand Junction. First portion of Holt-Clark Cutoff had extended barespots (muddy in places), but deeper snowpack returned soon thereafter. 1-2 feet higher up, monorail in places, spring snow in others, snowshoes recommended. Some blue ice that was soft today, but could be firm in early AM. Took off snowshoes at the fire warden's cabin for ascent up bare (sometimes wet) ledges to summit. Downhill ski trails apparently do not have top to bottom cover anymore. Didn't see any wildflowers.  
Name
Name: rocket21 
E-Mail
E-Mail: rocket21 at franklinwebpublishing dot com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2011-04-14 
Link
Link: http://www.franklinsites.com/hikephotos/NewHampshire/mtcardigan-2011-0414.php 
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