|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Mt. Whiteface, Mt. Passaconaway, NH|
||Downes Brook Trail, Kate Sleeper Trail, Rollins Trail, Walden Trail, Square Ledge Trail, Passaconaway Cutoff, Oliverian Brook Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Sunday, May 5, 2013|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Downes Brook parking is closed, but there was enough room at the entrance for 4 or 5 cars |
||Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Snow - Wet/Sticky, Mud - Significant, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Unstable), Standing/Running Water on Trail, Slush, Snow - Trace/Minimal Depth, Snow/Ice - Postholes |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||7 major crossings over Downes Brook. All tricky. |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||Lots of blow downs everywhere. The last half mile of Downes Brook Trail is very hard to follow |
||At trail head only. |
|Lost and Found:
||A black folding knife with belt clip on P/Conaway Cutoff ||
||Last part of Downes Brook made this a strenuous day. I think it added 1 1/2 hours for a distance 3/4 mile. There was a single set of tracks for about 4 miles and then they disappeared. Not sure the last time this trail was used, but you are required to criss-cross the brook to get around blow downs and it isn't obvious. Some maintenance has been done near Kate Sleeper Trail intersection, but it's a real mess up there. Add to the mix deep snow, postholing to ones crotch every 5th step and you get the picture. Well worth it, but I would not recommend this route presently, if the above is not part your definition of a "good time". |
Kate Sleeper Trail to Whiteface was in better shape in that the postholes were calf deep or less and more infrequent. Rollins was about the same. The east side of P/Conaway all the way out via Oliverian was mostly snow free. Great views from P/Conaway ledge. Lots of moose scat and tracks and along the route.
I'll put a video of the water crossings and maybe a few other things at the link below later today, 5/6/13.
||Gary M |
Disclaimer: Reports are not verified - conditions may vary. Use at own risk. Always be prepared when hiking. Observe all signs. Trail conditions reports are not substitutes for weather reports or common sense.