Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks North Tripyramid, Middle Tripyramid, NH
Trails: Pine Bend Brook Trail, Mt. Tripyramid Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, December 14, 2014
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Shoulder on the Kanc a bit more plowed out on the northern side (opposite the trailhead), 3-4 cars could fit easily 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Ice - Breakable Crust, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Snow/Ice - Postholes 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Several smaller ones open down low, all rock hoppable so boots and snowshoes stayed fairly dry 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Lots of ice encrusted branches on the trail, we removed what we could that wasn't frozen to the ground. Many overhanging ice and snow encrusted branches over hanging the trail up high. A few duckunders that were doable but will be more annoying with a few more feet of snow 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Hannah had a great day - she was mostly able to stay above the crust and made the steeps look easy. Not significant ice to speak of. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: We started in spikes and wore them for about 100 yards, then switched into snowshoes for the rest of the day - the trail was a bit uneven down low and we could move faster in them. Icy crust and loose granular to start - we were walking in the prints of a previous snowshoer and what looked like a few barebooters. Trail became more uneven and postholed at the bottom of the gully with multiple sections of postholing at least 1.5-2 feet deep - we stayed to the side of the trail in some places and didn't break through too much. Met two guys part way up in spikes - fortunately we convinced them to switch to their snowshoes, and when we saw them again a bit later they said they were glad they did. Snow got a bit fluffier after the junction with Scaur Ridge trail but the rocks on the steeps were pretty much all covered. Best part of the day was the ridge walk from North to Middle and back - no postholes! - lovely fluffy snow with a faint track to follow. Unfortunately when we got back to North, we found that four barebooters had come up the same way - this made for a MUCH rougher and choppier decent on the way down - still some decent buttsliding in places cause of the steepness, but the footing most of the way was extremely tricky. If you're hiking anywhere this time of year people, PLEASE BRING YOUR SNOWSHOES - you may not need them but trails like this now have a very lousy footbed with many potential ankle twisters, and it will take many more snowshoe tracks and/or a big dump of snow for a decent winter track to be set up. No recent tracks on Scaur Ridge, Sabbaday Brook or Mt. Tripyramid trail from the north side, only saw a faint set heading on the South. All in all a challenging day, but very pretty in the woods and some good views and blue skies - thanks Ali and Hannah for a great day.  
Name: Hikes with Hannah 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2014-12-15 
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