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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Mt. Carrigain, NH
Trails
Trails: Sawyer River Road, Signal Ridge Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Thursday, January 13, 2022
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Parking lot just off Route 302 is plowed. Beware that the kiosk in that lot has a trail behind that takes a herd path following Sawyer River. You might find easier passage on the actual road above, where snow machines have packed things down considerably.  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Ice - Blue, Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Ice - Breakable Crust, Snow - Drifts 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction, Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Water crossings were all nominal; no real thought required -- one exception is a crossing with a fairly thin ice bridge. It held my weight, but step carefully.  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Trail is in good shape. There will be at least one blow-down that needs attention come springtime, but nothing that will impede forward progress for so much as a moment.  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs
Bugs:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: The views of Washington were no doubt there, except for an impenetrable curtain of fog getting in the way. But the trail was fairly easy overall. The snow is not consolidated, but it is packed down well. Around the 3,000 foot mark, the snow becomes mildly slippery, which will slow down your progress a tad and make you get tired and sore a little quicker. I wore spikes, but I'm thinking snowshoes -- quite unnecessary for the very minor depth of cover at the current moment -- would have offered better traction. That said, I saw four other people on the mountain and none of us were so equipped, and yet we all summited. Your mileage may vary.

Besides that? It's Carrigain. It rises quickly, and gives you a solid workout. But the trail is in fine shape at the moment.

Bear in mind that we're forecast to get some weather this weekend, so all this could very well be moot in a few days.

Pictures and a more detailed write-up on my blog as always. Share and enjoy!  
Name
Name: Protean Wanderer 
E-Mail
E-Mail: hiker@proteanwanderer.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2022-01-14 
Link
Link: http://www.proteanwanderer.com/2022/01/14/trip-report-why-a-drought-on-carrigain/ 
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