Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Cardigan, NH
Trails: Holt Trail, Holt-Clark Cutoff (Cathedral Forest Trail), Clark Trail, West Ridge Trail, Ranger Cabin Trail, South Ridge Trail, Hurricane Gap Trail, Vistamont Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Friday, September 2, 2011
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Recent Irene washout damage to a few sections of Shem Valley Road have been completely repaired by the town -- the road is in great shape. Plenty of parking at the AMC Cardigan Lodge. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Mud - Significant, Standing/Running Water on Trail 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Water crossings were not an issue. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Trails are in decent shape, given the beating that Irene gave the area. All trails below the ledges have some minor erosion here and there. Beyond that, the main items to note are: Holt Trail: several eroded sections, in particular near the first (large) bridge heading west from the lodge. Area around second (small) bridge on trail has minor erosion, and western end of bridge is listing a few degrees now. Narrow section of trail near recently installed rock steps appears to have lost a few inches of trailbed down the hill. In addition, there are two medium-sized stepover blowdowns that can be moved by a couple of people. Holt-Clark Cutoff: medium erosion on some of the steep sections. Clark Trail: one small, hand-saw-worthy duck-under blowdown between Holt-Clark Cutoff and Vistamont Trail. Vistamont Trail: four large chainsaw-able blowdowns -- two duck-under and one step-over not far from intersection with Clark Trail (near the large, upended conifer root mass from a couple of years back), and one walk-around just north of the other three. Near intersection with Clark Trail is a rotten step-over blowdown that could be rolled by a couple of people. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Plenty of water in all streams/creeks along the route. 
Bugs: We saw none whatsoever. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: In general, trails are dry -- usual wet spots are wet, but otherwise, no flooding or marshy spots. Upper ledges are bone dry.  
Name: Pancks and Tesco Heaney 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2011-09-02 
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