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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Oregon Mountain, Mowglis Mountain, NH
Trails
Trails: Carter-Gibbs Trail, Oregon Mountain Trail, Elwell Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Tuesday, November 22, 2022
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Hardy Country Road is a Class VI road. There's signage warning drivers to pass at own risk. It's a dirt road. Today, there wasn't much snow nor ice on the road. The trailhead for Carter-Gibbs Trail is at the hairpin turn. The sign is easily spotted on the right side of the road. We parked on the right side just at the beginning of where the Hardy Country Rd takes a sharp left.  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Ice - Breakable Crust, Leaves - Significant/Slippery 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: The first brook crossing occurs immediately after entering the trail off Hardy Country Road. There is hard ice on some of the rocks which one needs to step on in order to cross the brook. It was easily crossed with light traction. There are other smaller creek crossings that weren't difficult.  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes:  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs
Bugs: None - YAH! 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: The trail is well-blazed with yellow. Between the footprints in the snow and the blazes, it was pretty easy to stay on the trail. There are some blow downs, but there are enough blazes that the trail isn't easily lost. Going over to Oregon Mtn, there are rock cairns and yellow blazes to follow. At every junction we came to, there were signs with distances posted.

We put on light traction from the very beginning and kept them on the whole time. There's some hard ice on the ledges of Oregon Mtn. Having traction also helped on the descents where there was loose snow on top of a fair amount of leaf litter. We didn't run into any other hikers on the trail. The first part of the trail was young hardwoods, which changed over to conifers higher up. And it was all conifers along the ridge. Mowglis Mtn was wooded. Oregon Mtn had a limited view of Cardigan. I thought there was another viewpoint past the summit, but we didn't find it and ended up going down the Elwell Trail which brought us back to the Carter-Gibbs Trail. This section of trail started out flat, then had a gentle grade and then was very steep. In one section, there was a rope tied at both ends to help with the ascent. Shortly after the rope section, we were back at the junction on the ridge. A big Thank You to Ken MacGray's report from 11/18/22, really helped and we followed his footprints all the way to Mowglis.  
Name
Name: Ceci 
E-Mail
E-Mail: cecirai@yahoo.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2022-11-22 
Link
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