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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Mt. Chocorua, NH
Trails
Trails: Bolles Trail, Bee Line Trail, Brook Trail, Champney Brook Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, January 3, 2015
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: There was plenty of parking that was plowed out. You need to pay the $3 fee. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Snow - Trace/Minimal Depth, Ice - Blue, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Leaves - Significant/Slippery 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: We didn't realize until we descended to the bottom that you cannot cross the Twin Brook to Champney Falls Trail because there was no bridge and the brook was not frozen. There were no signs with a detour that went out to the road cross the bridge then enter the trail. We met several people who had headed up Bolles Trail because they didn't realize that there had been a detour. There should be some signs for people who have not hiked there in awhile or never hiked that trail like us. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: There were a few blow downs on the Champney Trail but were easy to go around or under. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: No dogs seen today. 
Bugs
Bugs: None 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: We went up Bolles trail (by accident thinking it was Champney Brook trail) with a dozen water crossings in the first mile and a half. They were doable. We realized at the top Bolles trail that we must have missed a turn so we headed down to find the Beeline Trial. Bolles was hard packed snow until we got to the lower section which was bare or some ice. We then headed up Beeline Trail. We hit hard packed snow about 1/3 of the way up. When we joined Brook Trail is was steep with thick ice. We could manage it with microspikes. When we hit the Piper Trail it was a mix of hard packed snow, ice and bare rock to the summit. We descended via the Champney Brook Trail. It had a mix of hard packed snow, ice and rock. Below the treeline it was hard packed snow with a few blow downs and occassional ice.

It would be really helpful if there was instructions at the bottom of the trail on how to do the Champney Brook Trail from the road. We read on the board the Irene took the bridge out but it didn't say how to go across the brook now. We met several people trying to figure it out. We missed the falls b/c it got to late in the day after we did a big unexpected detour to Beeline.  
Name
Name: Donna 
E-Mail
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Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2015-01-03 
Link
Link: http://plus.google.com/u/0/photos?pid=6100288087440267106&oid=114134513187168913200 
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