View Full Version : Northern Presidentials snow conditions 12/24

12-24-2004, 08:34 AM
The rain last night pretty well washed out the snow at the Gorham Randolph line (elev 1400). There is about 4" of soon to be boilerplate in the front yard with occasional bare patches, Madison still looks white but the higher summits were warmer and got rain for a longer period. I suspect that stream crossings are going to be a challenge for the next few days until everything drains out. I suspect that crampons are not going to be optional for awhile, but snowshoes probably are.

12-24-2004, 12:03 PM
Thanks for that report, Peakbagger. Crampons it is. I'll be driving to Burlington VT for the festivities, and there's a chance I may be able to head for the Whites on Sunday.

Jim lombard
12-27-2004, 09:04 AM
Thanks for the report, Crampons were the MVP's on our hike that day to Pierce. Crawford was a frozen sidewalk on the 24th.

12-27-2004, 10:46 PM
12/27 - Is it still very icey in the Presidentials?

poison ivy
12-28-2004, 07:23 AM
Brent -- I hiked Crawford Path yesterday but didn't get to the summit of Pierce due to a late start time (bad roads...) so I can't comment on whether it was icy up above tree line. The trail was pretty well snow covered but there was a sheet of ice beneath the snow. You definitely needed some sort of traction -- we used snowshoes but crampons would have been better.

Hope that helps,

Jim lombard
12-28-2004, 08:42 AM
We hiked to the summit of Pierce on Friday and it was very icy. Here's a photo. Sounds like some snow over the ice now. As you can see, Pierce was a skating rink.