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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Mt. Chocorua, NH
Trails
Trails: Champney Falls Trail, Middle Sister Cutoff, Middle Sister Trail, Piper Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Thursday, January 15, 2015
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Champney/Bolles parking lot plowed. We were the only car there all day. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Ice - Blue, Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Ice - Breakable Crust, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Snow - Drifts 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Water crossings frozen over 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Several blowdowns on upper portion of Champney Falls trail, easily bypassed. Many more blowdowns on Middle Sister cutoff, also easily bypassed. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: No dogs seen today. 
Bugs
Bugs:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: Forecast was for clear skies today, but the clouds stayed close to the peaks all day and Chocorua stayed cloaked for the entire hike. Trail well packed out so that snowshoes were not needed. Saw that the Cutoff was lightly broken out, so we took that trail up to Middle Sister. Some drifts, but otherwise easily walked without snowshoes or postholing. Some icy bits along the ridge to Chocoura from the Sisters, but nothing too difficult and microspikes easily handled the slabs. Chocorua summit cone had plenty of ice, but the packed snowshoe track made for great traction over the rocks. The last bit going up the final push had plenty of packed snow over the ice, so there was no feeling of danger at any point on the final ascent. Summit rocks rime covered yet ice free. Great day on the ridge with very little wind (and very little visibility, too). Did not see another soul or footprint the entire day from any trail.  
Name
Name: NeoAkela 
E-Mail
E-Mail: neoakela@gmail.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2015-01-15 
Link
Link: http://www.whitemountainimages.org 
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