Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Shelburne Moriah Mountain, NH
Trails: Rattle River Trail, Kenduskeag Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, September 19, 2015
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Room for a few cars at the Rattle River trailhead. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Mud - Significant 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: No issues. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: These trails are in good shape. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Didn't see any. 
Bugs: None. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: Nada. 
Comments: The Rattle River Trail is pretty tame up until a mile of so before the ridge when it gets steep with a seemingly endless series of rock stairs. This is not a complaint because I shudder to think what the trail would be like without them. This portion of the Keduskeag trail has a handful of up and downs and a couple of spots of deep mud which can gobble up your foot before you know it. Once out of the trees though the scenery it quite nice.

I had the summit all to myself but opted to go below the summit for a bit which seemed to have better views. Once onto the ridge I only saw one other person on this fine day. On the Rattle River Trail I was a bit surprised about how many NOBOs I saw: maybe 15 or so during the day.

One note if staying at the Rattle River Shelter: the lean-to sits right in the middle of the trail facing south. If you hunker down at dark in late summer you may get woken up by thru's en route to Gorham at night. Again not a complaint (as I ultimately ended up with the entire shelter area to myself) but just passing it along.  
Name: HMJ 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2015-09-20 
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