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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Mt. Jefferson, Mt. Washington, Mt. Monroe, Mt. Eisenhower, NH
Trails
Trails: Jewell Trail, Gulfside, Jefferson Loop, Crawford Path, Monroe Loop, Eisenhower Loop, Edmands Path
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Friday, May 22, 2020
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Ammo/Jewell trialhead parking lot is open, and the Mount Clinton Road is open. Note for those seeking to use the Caps Ridge Trail: the Jefferson Notch Road is still closed. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable), Snow/Ice - Postholes, Snow/Ice - Small Patches 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Used a fallen tree to cross Abenaki Brook near the end of the Edmands Path; otherwise, no problems 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: A few blowdowns that will need a saw, but all easily navigable 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Short-legged dogs would have a rough go on the Edmands Path, due to the horrendous snow conditions. 
Bugs
Bugs: None 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: Went up the Jewell Trail. Dry, until a wide, stable monorail developed and it lasted for just over a mile, short of treeline. I used spikes on it and motored just fine (from talking with some others I saw, the Jewell Trail is a better choice than the Ammo). In the alpine zone, it was never worthwhile to use snowshoes (if you were to put them on, you'd be taking them off only 10-50 yards later), nor spikes/traction; mostly dry (or with snowmelt running through the trail).

The Edmands Path was a saga of two (three) different trails: the first 0.9 miles descending was absolutely, positively miserable (side sloped, deep snow, massively postholed, impossible to use snowshoes here and spikes would do nothing; the only cure will be mother nature melting the snow) and a few times when I postholed, the only thing that stopped me from sinking further than I did was my crotch hitting the snow surface (ouch); then 0.3 miles of transition to the remainder as snow-free. My snowshoes served no purpose other than to get their picture taken on the summits (LOL).  
Name
Name: Ross 
E-Mail
E-Mail: rox-nh@comcast.net 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2020-05-23 
Link
Link: http:// 
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