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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Straightback Mountain, Mt. Major, NH
Trails
Trails: Straightback Mountain Trail, Belknap Range Trail, Jesus Valley Beaver Pond Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Monday, March 12, 2018
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Room for a few cars at the end of Jesus Valley Road 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Ice - Blue, Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Snow - Spring Snow, Snow/Ice - Postholes 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: One larger crossing on The JVBP trail that had a semi-stable snow bridge. A few other easy hops 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: One step over blowdown on the BRT between Staightback and Major, partially buried in the snow. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: No issues for dogs 
Bugs
Bugs: Snow fleas 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: Nice loop before the next storm. SMT was packed by snowmobile traffic at first. A couple snowmobiles ventured up passed the groomed trail heading up towards major but quickly turned around due to lack of snow. At the split of SMT and JVBP trails the only tracks continued on the SMT. Mixed conditions with some loose powder and some packed. A couple snowshoe tracks ahead of us but more booters. Some post holes here and there. Once at the summit of Straightback, we continued over to Major along the BRT. The BRT was more consolidated than the SMT until we hit the Brook Trail junction where it became hard packed all the way to Major. Some frozen post holes here and there. We summited Major and then retraced our steps back to the JVBP trail. This section from the BRT to the SMT split was untouched. All this is being covered by the new snow as I type this so conditions are very different now. Nice loop with some nice views.  
Name
Name: skidder 
E-Mail
E-Mail: stephen.kidder@yahoo.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2018-03-13 
Link
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