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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Mt. Surprise, Mt. Moriah, NH
Trails
Trails: Carter Moriah Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Monday, July 22, 2013
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Parking area at end of Bangor St is pretty limited. Room for maybe 6 cars maximum without blocking houses. There was a dirt turnaround about 1/10 mile up street that appeared to also be parking but it was unclear. Only one car other than mine today AM and PM. Good trail to do midweek if you can to avoid parking in town. See AMC Guide. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: No water on this section of trail. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Trail in great shape: dry, drainage ditches clean and clear, well blazed (although blazes on ledges were pretty worn; trees looked very new). Only two blow downs, one an old step over and a duck under that looked new but was relatively easy to scoot under (I have GPS coordinates if you maintain this trail). The log bridges in all the muddy areas approaching summit were all fairly new and sturdy. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Trail overall seemed fine. I would point out that there is a lot of relatively smooth ledges that are somewhat steep. Dogs may have an issue with their nails, especially on a wet day. There is also no water on this trail for the entire length to Moriah summit. Saw lots of dog prints in the mud though. 
Bugs
Bugs: Pretty light. Some gnats out on the ledges of Surprise and summit but really weren't biting. Found a tick on my sock about 2 miles in. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: none 
 
Comments
Comments: Trail was in phenomenal shape. Bone dry in most places with very good footing for the first 2.5 miles. Sections after Mt Surprise were a little bit rougher with some mud patches but generally still very good. This trail could be tricky on a wet day (or in the fall when temps dip below freezing). The ledges on Mt Surprise and beyond are fairly smooth and somewhat steep in many places. Could get slick.  
Name
Name: DayTrip 
E-Mail
E-Mail: bblanchette0709@gmail.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2013-07-22 
Link
Link: https:// 
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