|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Mt. Kearsarge, NH|
||Access road, Winslow Trail, Barlow Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Thursday, March 5, 2015|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||0.8 mile roadwalk from gate to summer picnic ground packed by snowmobiles. |
||Ice - Blue, Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Drifts |
|Water Crossing Notes:
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||Some red blazes have been painted over with blue paint, others are still red and need repainting in a brighter red. Red paint is very hard to see in shade or under overcast sky or at dusk. Of course, the bigger question is, what is the right color for this trail? Only the state knows for sure... or do they?
Several small blowdowns to chop out using hand tools in Spring. |
|Lost and Found:
||Winslow Trail has very narrow track left by snowshoers. It is on unconsolidated powder snow, resulting from the cold temps when the snows fell. We wore Hillsound trail crampons, which was just enough for a good grip on the steep bits with some sliding. If you step off the track you go thigh deep in powder. Beware the spruce traps and blowdowns covered in snow.|
Barlow Trail has old snowshoe track at trailhead. At junction with Winslow Trail it is drifted over with no trace of a track. Expect to break trail through drifts while at tree line, which on this trail is the upper 1/4 mile.
||Creag nan drochaid |
Disclaimer: Reports are not verified - conditions may vary. Use at own risk. Always be prepared when hiking. Observe all signs. Trail conditions reports are not substitutes for weather reports or common sense.