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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Sawyer Pond, Owls Cliff, Mt. Tremont, NH
Trails
Trails: Sawyer Pond Trail, FR 318, FR 35, Brunel Trail, Owls Cliff Spur, bushwhack, herd path, Mt. Tremont Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, June 18, 2017
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: We spotted a few cars at the MTT trailhead and then drove to the end of Sawyer River Road. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: No issues. Water is low right now. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: SPT in generally good shape with the usual muddy areas. Brunel needs a LOT of attention. It is very overgrown in places with multiple blowdowns. We lost the trail at one point where it makes a right turn and the footbed seemed to disappear. This wasn't a work trip for me on the MTT, but I did remove one new birch blowdown near the start of the trail. Brushing will be done in a few weeks. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Sure, but not really much water past the pond until you get to Stony Brook. 
Bugs
Bugs: Not terrible at the beginning and end, but along the forest roads, which were wet, the mosquitoes were ridiculous. I was literally covered in them despite multiple applications of chemicals. Black flies were out at the summit of Tremont. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: Nothing. 
 
Comments
Comments: A neat traverse over these two peaks by way of Sawyer Pond.

SPT was easy but muddy walking out to the pond. We walked the soggy forest roads at a brisk pace due to the insane amount of bugs. Once back into the woods, things were better. Brunel was mostly dry, but as mentioned above, in rough shape. The spur to Owls Cliff is narrow and brushy. After a break here, we did a very short whack to the high point and signed the register. There is a herd path that will get you there too, but it is very obscure and tough to find from the spur trail. We took this down from the summit. We dropped into the col and then began the very steep climb to Tremont, which is unrelenting. Another break on the summit with good views despite the overcast. The Sandwich Range was in the clouds. Descending MTT was hot and muggy, as the peak itself was blocking the breeze we had on the summit. We saw two people along Stony Brook, which were the only people we saw all day.  
Name
Name: KenM 
E-Mail
E-Mail: kmacgray@gmail.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2017-06-18 
Link
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