|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Mt. Monroe, Mt. Washington, NH|
||Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail, Crawford Path, Monroe Loop, Cog Rail Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Tuesday, January 12, 2021|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Cog had plowed the road and parking lot by the time I got there at 7:00 AM |
||Ice - Blue, Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular |
||Snowshoes, Light Traction, Traction |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||All easy |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
|Lost and Found:
||Ammo to Gem pool : Bare boots with one spectacular spill on a snow covered ice bulge|
Gem pool to Alpine Zone sign : Rock spikes were adequate. But...
Alpine Zone to hut : Sharp Hillsounds or crampons. Lots of blue ice in this stretch and a slip could be disastrous. Since there was adequate cover above Gem pool go with good Hillsounds there though crampons would be overkill.
Hut to Monroe loop : All blue ice and plenty of it or rocks.
Monroe Loop to summit : Rocks and drifted snow.
Crawford Path to Washington : A few stretches of blue ice, some drifts, mostly good footing. I stayed with my good Hillsounds but rock spikes would suffice.
Gog down. Above tree line there are several stretches of blue ice. Once down to the steep, scary part my Hillsounds were able to bite into the packed track under the new snow.
Above tree line today was a total whiteout for most of the day. I lost my way several times below and above the hut. You carry your snowshoes because, once off the packed track into unpacked powder and drifts, the 'shoes are a life saver!
||old man and the saw |
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.