Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Cardigan (attempt), NH
Trails: Holt Trail, Holt-Clark Cutoff (Cathedral Forest Trail), Clark Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Plenty of parking at the AMC Cardigan Lodge. Shem Valley Road has dried out considerably in the past week and other than some washboard sections and an occasional rut, is in good shape. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Ice - Black, Ice - Blue, Snow - Trace/Minimal Depth 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Water crossings were not an issue. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: No blowdowns on trail -- plenty of detritus from the high winds in the last day, but no blowdowns. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Plenty of flowing water in the creeks for dogs, although it's nice and frosty now. 
Bugs: No -- no bugs. sub-freezing temperatures and 30-mph winds kept them away. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Went up to the first set of ledges beyond PJ Ledge, on the Clark Trail.

What a difference from last week, after a few more days of warm temperatures and then dry winds and sub-freezing temperatures.

Below PJ Ledge, trails are now bone-dry with an occasional (avoidable) very small patch of black ice. Areas that last week were deep, boot-sucking mud have dried quite a bit and are frozen solid.

Just below PJ Ledge (where the ski trail connects), final remnants of last week's massive blue ice floe now have numerous barebootable dry patches -- light traction could help, but isn't necessary. PJ Ledge itself is clear and dry.

On Clark Trail beyond PJ Ledge to first set of open ledges, footbed is dry with occasional patches of black ice and remnant blue ice floes; these can be walked around and avoided entirely. In fact, conditions all the way to the top appear to be like this.
Name: Pancks and Tesco Heaney 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2012-03-27 
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