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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Mt. Whiteface, Mt. Passaconaway, NH
Trails
Trails: Blueberry Ledge Trail, Rollins Trail, Dicey's Mill Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Friday, December 19, 2014
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Ferncroft parking lot and access roads are 90% covered with ice. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Ice - Black, Wet Trail, Ice - Blue, Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Open but low water. All crossings are straightforward.  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: We removed half a dozen and trimmed what we could but there are several new blowdowns on the trails - primarily on Rollins tr. Some old blowdowns are now considerably more tedious due to the snow coverage.  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Really good conditions for dogs and Cinnilla nailed the ledges once again with little difficulty. Ice coverage on the lower parts of the trails may be a challenge for some dogs but overall ice is not a problem. 
Bugs
Bugs:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: Lower parts of the trails are a mixture of dry, wet, snow-crust and ice (blue/black). It is impossible to pick perfect "footwear". Larry and I barebooted for the most part but it can be tricky.
At higher elevation light traction worked pretty well. We used snowshoes across Rollins tr but in hindsight we would probably not make the same choice again.

Rollins tr is a challenge. There are numerous "bendovers" and "stepovers" all covered with heavy ice and snow-crust. It felt like pushing through a jungle. If we had carried helmets we would have worn them! We considered cutting some of the stuff but if we had started doing that we would still be up there. Instead we removed the blowdowns we could.

Blueberry Ledge (from the Tom Wiggin jct.) was delightful with good snow-coverage and practically no ice. Blazing sunshine and no winds did not hurt!
Despite the Rollins tr a great day for Cinnilla, Larry and myself.

 
Name
Name: LongMark 
E-Mail
E-Mail: perfrost@yahoo.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2014-12-19 
Link
Link: http:// 
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