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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Mt. Cardigan (almost) and South Peak, NH
Trails
Trails: Holt Trail, Clark Trail, Hurricane Gap Trail, South Ridge Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, January 9, 2010
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Roads to Cardigan Lodge (Mount Cardigan Road and Shem Valley Road) are plowed/sanded, and lodge parking lot is plowed. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Ice - Blue, Snow - Drifts, Ice - Breakable Crust 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Water crossings are either snow-bridged or negligible. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: None -- there were no blowdowns (woo hoo!). 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs
Bugs:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: Took Holt Trail to Clark Trail and then Clark Trail to just above the Warden's Cabin (just below the summit). Went back to Hurricane Gap Trail and took that past the AMC Hi-Cabin to South Ridge Trail to South Peak. Holt Trail to Croo Bridge (over Bailey Brook) is packed out nicely with a few inches of fresh powder on top. Past bridge, trail is packed out in some places with foot-deep drifts in other places, up to Hurricane Gap Trail junction. Beyond here, to Warden's Cabin, trail is deeply drifted. Beyond Warden's Cabin, some foot-deep drifts alternating with styrofoam and boillerplate all the way to summit. Hurricane Gap Trail is packed out to Hi-Cabin; beyond that, trail is drifted (broken only by my snowshoes), as is South Peak Trail to just below South Peak, where trail turns to boilerplate. I wore MSR Denalis the entire way and had no problems on ice/boilerplate/drifts.  
Name
Name: Chuck the Chupacabra 
E-Mail
E-Mail: info(at)barkingcat(dot)net 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2010-01-09 
Link
Link: http:// 
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