|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Mt. Whiteface, Mt. Passaconaway, NH|
||Blueberry Ledge Trail, Rollins Trail, Dicey's Mill Trail, East Loop, Walden Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Sunday, May 19, 2013|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Plenty of room at Ferncroft. |
||Dry Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Snow/Ice - Small Patches, Standing/Running Water on Trail |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||Crossing of river on Dicey's Mill Trail easy on rocks upstream of the fallen birch tree. |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||Lots of blow downs on the trails at the higher elevations especially on the Rollins Trail. Impromptu provisional trail through the worst blow down area on the Rollins Trail was the path of least resistance without straying too far from the original trail. The passage through this area is not too difficult. Many trees will require either an ax or large saw. This area is about at the center of the rim around The Bowl. There are fallen trees elsewhere from strong southerly winds. Trail crews have cleared out some of the damage. I was able to saw up around a couple of dozen smaller trees and limb other trees.
On the narrow path around the ledge on the Rollins Trail the ground seemed to be parted a bit from the ledge but I did not detect any instability. I think this is the spot which can be difficult in the winter. Perhaps the ground will slide in the future necessitating a reroute of the path.
Otherwise, the WODC has done a good job maintaining the trails including rock steps and rock water bars. |
||Good for dogs comfortable on steep ledge areas (Blueberry Ledge Trail) |
||Not many. |
|Lost and Found:
||There was very little snow remaining. Most is on the Rollins Trail. It can be bare booted. As noted previously, the tree falls were the worst obstacles. Some running water just uphill of the Rollins - Dicey's Mill trail junction.|
Saw Painted Trillium, Red Trillium, Hobblebush, and Pale Corydalis (at the junction of Blueberry Ledge Cut-Off and Blueberry Ledge Trails.
||WAUMBEK at Roadrunner dot com |
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.