hiking
bugs
over grown
12 hours ago

The trail itself was nice but there were quite a few blow downs to hop over. The trail markers are very confusing... When you reach the fork in the trail which is a mile and a half from the starting point, remember to take a left if you want any views. That brings you to mount Martha. If you do go right cherry mountain trail takes to the middle of a snowmobile trail. Which is Very confusing.. Remember to bring lots of bug spray for this hike!

Conditions have greatly improved since last weekend. A lot of snow has melted and left dry rock. There is still some solid monorail and I had no issues postholing. That monorail has an ice base and will be there for a few more weeks. Barebooting up is very doable, but coming down it might be helpful to have some microspikes for the couple sections of steep monorail. There were a lot of bugs at the summit for some reason, but if the breeze is blowing, it shouldn't be a huge issue.

hiking
bugs
rocky
scramble
1 day ago

Conditions are great, no snow or ice anywhere, rock is all dry. Some mud near the bottom, but nothing that can't be walked around. Great day on the trail. Bugs were fairly bad below treeline, when the wind wasn't blowing; very annoying.

hiking
snow
5 days ago

Trail is great below 3500ft, just the normal muddy conditions from the rain this weekend. Above 3500ft and below treeline is where the real sketchy parts are. There is a lot of stable monorail mixed with ice, which I barebooted up, but coming down without traction is just asking for severe injury in my opinion. The weather wasn't great today, and the wind was extreme. However, there was little to no snow above treeline and just some thin ice from the rain, so on a nice day, everything up top is real nice.

hiking
icy
muddy
snow
6 days ago

Loved this hike, went today May 30th (2020) and there’s still snow at the top. The trail was covered in snow on the way to the top but was clear afterwards, crazy windy and cold conditions made us leave the peak early. I completely underestimated this trail, it was 85 and clear skies and sunny at the bottom but it was windy and cold at the peak. Wish l had my jacket and gloves up there but the views and the hike are definitely worth it for those hardcore hikers.

hiking
closed
scramble
7 days ago

This hike was great. Road is closed and it’s about a 4 mile hike in and out to the trailhead. Challenging ascent but gorgeous views. Fog rolled in and out as I was at the summit and it was breathtaking.

hiking
9 days ago

Had to be real carful as the snow was starting to melt and water crossing were high. On the way down it was worse! Still a great hike. Clouds parted at the top and had great views!!!

hiking
12 days ago

Perfect day! Though I got a nasty sunburn on this one. I decided just going up to Monroe was too short so decided to hit Washington too! Still snow on most of the trail - and the monorail was getting soft on the way down. Memorial Day weekend 2020

hiking
bugs
12 days ago

hiking
15 days ago

The elevation was steady right from the start, very nice hike, as of this day I chose to put my spikes on at the top but cautious people need not to worry if you don’t have any. There was ice and snow, view from Mt Martha was beautiful., you can also see a four pier foundation of what was once a fire tower.

muddy
over grown
snow
21 days ago

Usually I'd rate this as a 5 stars but this trail is in touch shape from this spring's snowy weather. We lost the trail on the way up because the 3-4 feet of snow has narrowed the trail to almost unrecognizable about a mile or so from the summit. We followed someone's foot prints through the krummholtz and made it to the summit without too much problem. But trying to stay on trail for the descent, about a half mile from the summit we couldn't see the trail anymore. No footprints and the trail narrowed to essentially invisible even though I knew the trail and my GPS showed me on trail. And the afternoon snow had turned to slippery mash potatoes and we kept sliding sideways off trail into terrain traps. We were about to give up and head back to the summit to work our way down the same way we came up when we heard 2 other hikers on the trail. They had also lost the trail but eventually found it and so they guided us by voice back on to the trail. Thank you! From there it was still tough going sliding off trail but at least we knew where the trail was. About the half way mark the trail loses its sideways slope so it got easier and a mile from the trailhead, bare ground became the norm. I'd give this trail a few weeks to melt off as it's super treacherous right now. Several other hiking parties did wisely turn back. While we did ok, it was a bit hairy and I wouldn't recommend going there now, although at least we broke out the trail so should be easier to follow. But it's Hobbit hiking and the slippery slopes still make it a challenge. Not for an inexperienced hiker for sure! And BTW we had and used spikes and snowshoes and it was still difficult.

hiking
blowdown
icy
muddy
1 month ago

hiking
snow
1 month ago

Hiked to Mt. Monroe via Ammonoosuc Ravine on Sunday 4/12. there was fresh 1-2 feet of snow waiting beginning in the unplowed parking lot. Snowshoes were a most most of the ascent to avoid postholing. Trail was lightly broken in and was much better on the way down (no slipping down the steep sections). Last .5 mile to lake of the clouds hut was icey packed snow, which spikes worked well on. Overall good conditions if you are prepared with the right equipment. My dog did the whole thing no problem, he loved all the fresh snow everywhere! my phone recorded 7.1 miles and 2900ft gain to the summit of Monroe.

hiking
icy
2 months ago

Nice short but steep hike. Great views at Martha. Lots of icy spots on 3/22 so spikes were very helpful.

hiking
snow
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

What a day! 70mph winds after getting to Lake of the Clouds hut. The trail was hard packed the whole way so our snowshoes went on a free ride up. I used crampons and my boyfriend made it up with aggressive hillsound microspikes. Beautiful trail and VERY steep after the gem pool. We butt slid down much of the steep section. Other than the winds, it was a beautiful, clear day. Took us less than four hours and you do get spectacular views for such a short hike! We wanted to pair it with Washington but did not trust the wind speeds.

hiking
icy
snow
2 months ago

hiking
snow
3 months ago

Hard hiking with lots of powder. Did not have snowshoes. Ended up post-holing the whole way. Snow shoes definitely would’ve made it better. Weather not so bad. Surprising amount of pow. Distance on AllTrails not equal to distance on map.

snowshoeing
snow
3 months ago

Lovely day for a snow shoe. lots of snow. Wow the top part of the trail up is steep!... but once at top you are in a snow mobile trail. coming down much easier.

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