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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Mt. Chocorua, NH
Trails
Trails: Champney Falls Trail, Piper Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, March 8, 2015
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: clear--mostly full mid-day, emptied later 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Ice - Blue, Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Drifts 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Traction, Ice Axe 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: all snowed under 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: many leaners/blowdowns along higher switchbacks, often at eye level; but all negotiable 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: never greater joy than a dog doing sprint repeats on trail (following example of the Pack Leader? {You know who You are}), and tracking clues off trail.[if ice above treeline, possibly hazardous unless experienced dogs] 
Bugs
Bugs: nah 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: N/A 
 
Comments
Comments: Excellent day, moderate number of hikers on trail; always fine views, although areas of snow flurries N toward Presies obscured much beyond Crawford Notch. Any footware to falls; shallow loose snow up switchbacks argue for snowshoes for better traction (our Tubbs Flex=no slip). Above treeline, areas of blue ice and dense crust=some slippery stretches; we managed with Flexers, but a few managed with microspikes. At summit, ice ax was useful to chop a few steps. After upcoming freeze/thaw cycles, I would only go up with ice ax and crampons expecting treacherous ice.
Kestrel data: T=20F W= very variable, avg 18mph, gusts 38, WC= 2-6F minimal~-4F [NB: sunglasses/goggles for blowing snow if windy]  
Name
Name: Jacksons/NNEOS 
E-Mail
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Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2015-03-09 
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