Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks North Twin Mountain, South Twin Mountain, NH
Trails: Herd path, North Twin Trail, North Twin Spur
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Friday, April 23, 2010
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: No problem parking at end of Little River Road. Only one other car when I got back 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable), Standing/Running Water on Trail, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Unstable) 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Skipped first two crossings of river. Third fine with wet boots by going upstream a ways on the way up and then curving down to the trail. Gaiters are a nice insurance. All the brooks were rock hops. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Lots of blowdowns, bend acrosses, broken sections although none are deal breakers. Some water running in trail in lower section and one good pool that needs walking around. I took a few blowdowns out but left many. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: If your dog likes swimming across surging water, chasing big moose, scattering chipmunks to the winds, paw poling in places, snow and wind; and doesn't mind a companion dissing the Channel 9 weatherman, this could be the trail for you. The mighty tough little dog was disappointed in the lack of views and my failure to bring the jerky. He also found the trail for me a couple of times when I lost it. 
Bugs: None 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Bare trail to a ways past the third river crossing. Put on the snowshoes too soon as monorail was very spotty and had to take them off and put them on more times than Imelda Marcos at a shoe sale. I'd say to wait until the first climb out of the valley levels off before putting them on. After that monorail occasionally raised, usually soft and at times not distinctive until up on the ridge where it opens up before N. Twin when it was obvious. I pretty much followed the existing snowshoes marks to S. Twin even when they diverged a bit from the actual trail. Branches were wet from rain down low and melting rime or snow up high. We got wet but synthetics (or fur) worked well. No views as upper hike in the clouds with brief bouts of snow. Some wind on the peaks but not bad. Hike not what I had expected when I took the day off, and Pepper may have questioned my choice as well. But when he chased the moose (I've never seen one run so fast)he was fired, and when he finished his swim across the river through some fast current, he was ecstatic. I had a ball watching him clean the trail of idle chipmunks while the trail became bare and the precip stopped. So it was a good hike after all.  
Name: Pepper and Me 
E-Mail: windriversjohn at 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2010-04-23 
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