Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks North Twin Mountain, South Twin Mountain, NH
Trails: Herd path, North Twin Trail, North Twin Spur
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, March 3, 2013
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Plenty of parking at the end of Little River Road. We were the 9th car with plenty of room for more. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: All crossings well bridged but watch for weak spots 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: A few minor blow downs, easily bypassed. Overhead clearance was very poor along sections of North Twin Spur and along North Twin Trail within about 1/3 mile of North Twin summit. Along much of those sections it is more of a bush wack than a trail. It would be great if overhead clearance could be improved for the benefit of winter hikers. Route finding along North Twin Spur was a bit touchy in the fog with the trail drifting over quickly. A major cairn in a strategic spot would be a very useful addition to the spur which would enhance hiker safety. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: No dogs seen although trail conditions seemed fine for canines. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Frequent light snow, mainly in the clouds. Trail well broken but snow shoes still needed. Great day despite the lack of views. 8 other parked cars, but we only saw one other party (of 2) on the Twins all day. Everyone else must have taken Fire Warden Trail up Hale. On South Twin, a cold, windy cloud of supercooled droplets covered us with rime ice and encouraged a shortened summit visit. Trail is generally in great shape except inadequate overhead trail clearance on either side of North Twin makes some stretches a bit of a bush wack. We took a little under 10 hours for the round trip.
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2013-03-04 
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