Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Monroe, Mt. Washington, NH
Trails: Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail, Crawford Path, Mt. Monroe Loop Trail, Nelson Crag Trail, Cog Rail Trail, road walk
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Thursday, November 25, 2021
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Some poor soul came in too hot at Marshfield Station and will need a tow. I parked at USFS lot, 5 cars at arrival 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Snow - Trace/Minimal Depth, Wet Trail, Ice - Blue, Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Wet/Slippery Rock, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Snow - Drifts, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Snow - Wet/Sticky, Mud - Significant 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: No issues on Ammo connector from USFS lot to Ammo, nor at Gem Pool 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: There are two monster blowdowns, 1 almost immediately at the junction of Ammo and the USFS connector, and one just past it (On Ammo proper). The Ammo connector is in fine shape thanks to Sidehill, Poptart, Bradygirl1 and Bog_Boy 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: A FINE day day above the forest on the Rockpile. My penultimate month for grid. Happy Thanksgiving all! Looks like I missed the Beefman, who's more moose than man, by a few hours (this also explains why the gait of the lone hiker infront of me was about seven feet). I will just add some supplemental data, with the storm coming in tomorrow it will change anyways. I was glad I started early in the cold. It was kind of surreal starting in 17 degree temps knowing the summit was at 30 degrees, thousands of feet above me. I bare booted this morning to about 4000 feet, and then kept spikes on to well passed the Waumbek Water Tank. I only saw 5 folks coming down on my way up, and leapfrogged another solo hiker. In the immediate area preceeding the upper water crossing, it becomes blue ice, the same can be said post this. Otherwise, pleasant conditions throughout all trails listed. Winds where whipping, I mean if this was facebook, easy a 100, on Monroe (or 10mph in reality). I think I was creating more wind from my heavy panting than anything. The trail to LOTC deviants from its true summer version slightly but gets you there. Same can be said about the approach to Monroe. I had a lovely walk along Crawford to the summit of Washington. Thankfully the wind by this time had shifted to the North and I had a completely protected and windless ascent. I knew there was one behind me but I could not make her out. I had this entire stretch, the summit of Agiocochook, and most of the descent of the Cog to myself, aside from a familiar face whom just went to Jacob's Ladder, a fine justification to add a little extra stuffing this evening! Snow depths increase and some postholing is going to happen on the immediate approach of Washington's summit cone. I'd guess about 18" drifts in some places using my poles as a measuring tool. An extremely pleasant day on the Rockpile, ~38 above, virtually no wind. Snowshoes, as of today, where ornaments. The forecast of anywhere between 6-18" may change that in the next 36 hours.  
Name: The Teal Goat 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2021-11-25 
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