|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||North Tripyramid, Middle Tripyramid, South Tripyramid, West Sleeper, East Sleeper, Mt. Whiteface, Mt. Passaconaway, NH|
||Pine Bend Brook Trail, Mt. Tripyramid Trail, Kate Sleeper Trail, Rollins Trail, Diceys Mill Trail, Square Ledge Trail, Passaconaway Cutoff, Oliverian Brook Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Monday, June 3, 2013|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Plenty at both trailheads. |
||Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Mud - Minor/Avoidable |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||Rock Hoppable |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||Many - See comments section below. |
||Kali had a blast as usual. Managed blowdown section fine. Found enough water along the way. |
||Plentiful! Not too bad in the morning, lots of black flies were around but only posed a problem when we stopped for trail work on the Kate Sleeper Trail. Enough breeze to keep them at bay much of the time. The last mile on the Oliverian Brook trail, the mosquitoes were particularly ferocious. It was a mad dash to the car. |
|Lost and Found:
||After last week, it was a pleasure to find mostly dry trails! Our first snow-free hike in a long time. 4-5 sizable blowdowns on Pine Bend but all were easily passed. Would have cleared some but were saving our efforts for the Kate Sleeper trail. The rocks were pretty slick coming off South Pk but dried off once we hit the slide. From the South slide to East Sleeper, the trail is in pretty good shape. Removed 8 blowdowns and lots of trail debris along this section. From East Sleeper to Downes brook, the real fun began. Our third time through here since Sandy wiped out the area, and the damage is still very evident but we are happy to report that progress is being made. Our team of 4 spent a couple hours here and cleared 4 really big messy blowdown patches revealing the tread way beneath. There are still 4-5 similar patches that need significant work to make this section passable. But you can actually see where the trail is most of the way, which is an improvement! Beyond that though, there are still 100-200 blowdowns remaining that need to be climbed over/under. We know many have written off this trail because it requires so much work, but we are optimists and hope to see this wonderful trail eventually restored (or at least made passable). |
Rest of trails in pretty good shape. Cleared up a bit more of the mess on the Rollins blowdown patch and a few coming down from Passaconaway. Mud in the typical spots on the cut-off and Oliverian Brook.
Thanks to Heather, Chris and Kali for joining in on this adventurous day (and bringing their saws!) Beautiful day with lovely views- it sure feel like summer has arrived!
||Jeff & Karine |
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.