Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Monroe, Mt. Franklin, Mt. Eisenhower, Mt. Pierce, Mt. Jackson, NH
Trails: Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail, Crawford Path, Monroe Loop, Eisenhower Loop, Webster Cliff Trail, Webster-Jackson Trail, Saco Lake Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Thursday, June 13, 2024
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: No issues. Took the shuttle from Highland to Ammonoosuc; expensive, but convenient. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: No issues 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Many bog bridges are nearing the end of their lifetimes, particularly on the first part of Ammonoosuc and on the Elephant Head Spur. Jackson Branch has multiple user trails in a number of areas as people apparently try to find ways around the rough and rocky tread way. I have great sympathy for the maintainer as the number of hikers on the trail and the extent of the problem undoubtedly make it impossible to close these off. I wonder if the only real solution is relocation of the trail. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs: Loud buzzing insects on several summits, particularly Monroe and Eisenhower. They don’t seem to bite or sting, but are disconcerting as they buzz around you. Many seemed to hover in the lee of rock cairns; going upwind of the cairns seemed to help avoid them. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: None 
Comments: A beautiful day for a walk along the Southern Presidentials. Ammonoosuc Ravine was wet in a number of places, but not particularly slippery on ascent. View from Franklin into Oakes Gulf and up towards Washington was particularly spectacular. Fairly wet between Pierce and Jackson and I found a patch of deep mud in the alpine meadow area. Labrador tea and Mountain laurel were in bloom in the meadows making for nice views with Washington in the distance. Jackson Branch was an unpleasant descent; it seemed like I was walking down a rocky stream bed and it took significantly longer than I anticipated due to the challenging footing.  
Name: Jay Baxter 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2024-06-14 
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