Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Carter Ledge, Middle Sister, Mt. Chocorua, NH
Trails: Carter Ledge Trail, bushwhack, Middle Sister Trail, Piper Trail, West Side Trail, Liberty Trail, Camp Penacook Spur, Route 16
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Thursday, May 2, 2013
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: White Ledge Campground still closed, parked not blocking the gate, one other vehicle on my return. Four vehicles at the Piper Trailhead on my exit.  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable), Snow/Ice - Monorail (Unstable), Standing/Running Water on Trail, Snow/Ice - Postholes, Snow - Spring Snow 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: None on Carter Ledge, all crossings on Piper bridged (actual bridges). 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Two step-overs on Carter Ledge, two duck-unders on Middle Sister, a duck-under and a step-over on Piper (off the ridge). Some deep standing water on Carter Ledge up high that required a short whack around. Trails in otherwise great shape. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Saw three dudes with a very friendly dog, looked to be having a great time. 
Bugs: Some buzzing around here and there, not yet annoying. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Great day, if not a bit warm for my liking. No snow on Carter Ledge Trail up to about 2600, then a spotty monorail thereafter. Deep monorail at the junction with Middle Sister Trail forced me to bushwhack the first 0.1 or so towards the summit, monorail stable and spotty after that. Clear sailing over Middle Sister, with spotty monorail over First Sister. West Side Trail was no fun at all, very soft, unstable monorail for nearly its entire length. Liberty Trail had some small sections of monorail, but was mostly clear. Piper from the Middle Sister junction started as a firm monorail, but within the first 0.2 or so, it disappeared, and the trail was clear down to the trailhead. Roadwalk of 16 was uninspiring. Glad to get to the peaks before the clouds rolled in during the afternoon.  
Name: Bill Robichaud 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2013-05-02 
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