Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Cardigan (South Peak), NH
Trails: Holt Trail, Holt-Clark Cutoff (Cathedral Forest Trail), Clark Trail, Hurricane Gap Trail, Hurricane Gap Spur Trail, South Ridge Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Monday, December 12, 2011
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Plenty of parking at the AMC Cardigan Lodge. Road to the lodge is plowed and sanded. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Ice - Black, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Ice - Blue, Snow - Drifts, Snow - Trace/Minimal Depth 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Not an issue. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Trails are in good shape. There's a new, small, step-over blowdown on the Holt Trail midway between the lodge and the Croo Bridge. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Plenty of water at all of the usual water crossings. However, many of the ledges above the Hurricane Gap Trail are floes of blue ice -- might be a bit slippery for a dog. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: A dusting of snow near the lodge gradually turns into a few inches of packed powder, alternating with dry, bare patches by Grand Junction. After that, there are frequent patches of ice, some with a dusting of snow on it, until the intersection with the Alexandria Ski Trail (just below PJ Ledge) -- from here on, anything angled and prone to runoff has turned into thick (very slippery) ice floe. Up to the ski trail intersection, light traction was helpful; after that, it became necessary, short of spending inordinate time off-trail trying to find alternate routes around. Quite a bit of ice on South Peak, with foot-deep drifts of nice powder. The beginnings of decent snow cover on Mt. Cardigan, also.  
Name: Pancks and Tesco Heaney 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2011-12-12 
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