Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Shelburne Moriah Mountain, NH
Trails: Rattle River Trail, Kenduskeag Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, September 5, 2015
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Lot on Rt 2. was about half full when I arrived at 7:15am. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: No problems. The Rattle River crossings are extremely low right now. You can walk right across. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: RRT in great shape. From recent reports, those lamenting the overgrown conditions on the KT will be pleased to know that it looks like the maintainer has been out there very recently and has re-cleared part the trail between the RR junction and the open ledges on Shelburne-Moriah. Still more to do, but it's a start. Thank you! Beyond the summit, the KT looks like it disappears into a sea of spruce. Several muddy sections along the KT, one of them very deceiving. Test with your poles first! 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: OK for dogs, but no water once past the last crossing, just before the steeps on RRT. 
Bugs: Nope. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: Nothing. 
Comments: 52WAV #45. Shelburne-Moriah is an absolutely beautiful peak, but what a long trek to get there! The RRT lulls you into a false sense of security as it follows wide logging roads at easy grades with good footing. Then in the last mile, it gets steep and rough up to the ridge. Lots of rock steps in this section. Saw several NOBO thru-hikers along the way.

The KT is all about the ups and downs, many of them, as the trail continually gains and loses elevation. The aforementioned trimming was nice to see, and there are a few short scrambles along the way. Once the trail breaks out onto the open ledges, views are magnificent, including a nice profile of Shelburne-Moriah itself. The actual summit affords decent views, but the best outlook is a high open ledge just before the summit, with an expansive view down to Gorham, over to the Mahoosuc Range and back to the Carters. Only saw a few other people on this stretch, very quiet.  
Name: KenM 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2015-09-07 
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