Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Kearsarge, NH
Trails: Access Road, Winslow Trail, Barlow Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Friday, February 20, 2015
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Plowed parking at the gate on Kearsarge Mountain Road, room for a few cars. Kearsarge Mountain Road itself is sanded most of the way. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow - Drifts 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: None. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: One duck under on Winslow. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Too cold. 
Bugs: Nope. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: Nothing. 
Comments: A very cold day on Kearsarge. So much so that I got to the junction of the Barlow Trail and decided to skip the summit. It was just too cold from the wind. The bright sun made a difference mentally, though.

The auto road was being groomed as I walked up, so I stayed off to the right. Winslow started off with a good snowshoe track, then got less consolidated higher up. Once out on the ledges, it took care to follow the trail to the Barlow junction due to drifting. I planned on taking Barlow down, but after following it for a few hundred feet, it completely disappeared into drifts and became difficult to find. If you see some wandering about up there, that was me. So I doubled back and headed back down Winslow. Barlow was broken out from the bottom, but staying on it up top was tough.

If was a quick trip back down to the picnic area, where there was a great view of snowy Mt. Cardigan. I didn't see any other hikers, but there were a few people skiing the power line cut and the auto road. I wore snowshoes the entire time, they are definitely needed higher up.

Despite the cold and wind, it was a pleasure to have bright sun and blue skies. One of these times I'll climb this mountain when the conditions aren't frigid!  
Name: KenM 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2015-02-20 
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