|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Mt. Pierce, Mt. Eisenhower, NH|
||Crawford Path, Webster Cliff Trail, Eisenhower Loop|
|Date of Hike:
||Saturday, September 12, 2020|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Mt. Clinton Road parking lot is huge. There is an outhouse and a picnic table, so there is a fee. Lot was full at 8:15 AM, so we parked on Rt. 302. West of the Saco Lake Trail sign (a few hundred feet) there are steps leading into the woods. No sign until you get into the woods, but this is the place. |
||Dry Trail, Standing/Running Water on Trail |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||There is a bridged crossing of a dry bed. |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||Good signage, no blowdowns. Thank you! |
||A whole lotta dogs today. Info states they should be leashed (not sure if "voice control" counts as well, did not read it myself, Prema told me). Bring more water than what you think they will need, because once you get past Gibbs Falls there is precious little (just a few places where a little runs on the trail). All dogs encountered were exemplary in their behavior, leashed or unleashed. Loved the 15 year old beagle, you go, girl! |
||One beautiful monarch butterfly, one grasshopper. |
|Lost and Found:
||A big "Thank you" to Craig, organizer for Mt. Pierce's Flags on the 48. He had one of the most sensible ways of meeting up. Meet-up was further up the trail rather than the beginning; thus accommodating the slow and the fast. Someone else brought a pole and flag as well; so one on the summit proper and the other in a more prominent location. Couldn't have had a better day for this weather wise. Skies were crystal clear and winds were strong enough to make the flags look nice without shredding them or blowing lightweight hikers over. Washington was in the clear all day, those doing the traverse were extremely fortunate.|
Eisenhower flag was visible from Pierce. Others could be made out with binoculars. Scenic ledges right as you came out of treeline had prayer flags. NICE!
Took forever to get to Eisenhower due to stepping aside to let others by. Not used to crowds anymore, we have been hiking in less visited areas this summer. Walk back was quicker, I nearly made book time on the descent. I was shocked! Trail is never impossibly steep and no huge boulders. Rocky in places, but nothing really challenging. Glad we went to both peaks.
Only one negative, some people still don't know that the alpine areas are not Mother Nature's equivalent of the carpeting in your house. Preaching to the choir here, but more than a few folks need to be reminded of this (and it was on the kiosk, people just don't pay attention.
Big thanks to the National Guard for their attendance.
||Beckie and Prema |
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.