Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Surprise, Mt. Moriah, NH
Trails: Carter Moriah Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Monday, November 2, 2015
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: We parked on Bangor Road. Interesting houses along the road with one large hand painted "No Parking" sign. We parked along the road away from the sign. Not a lot of space for cars. Official parking is on Promenade.  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Mud - Significant, Leaves - Significant/Slippery 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: None 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: There is an old blowdown near the beginning of the trail that is easily walked over. There is a newer one near the summit that you have to walk around. There has been a lot of recent work on the trail (Thank you!). The trail is in very good shape, easy to follow and bright blue blazes.  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: This is a good trail for most dogs. My 10 lb chihuahua managed the rocky areas and smooth rock slabs easily. My friend's large lab mix had no problems.  
Bugs: gnats flying around due to the warm weather but nothing biting. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: none 
Comments: This is a beautiful trail with diverse woodland habitats; mixed woods one minute, rocky slabs the next, then you move into a green mossy paradise. Just when you start to feel the monotony of the trail, the landscape changes. It is a deceptively long hike. The first 1.50 is runnable, a gradual ascent. Before you come to Mt. Surprise will come to smooth rock slabs making it slippery if wet. Nice views on Mt. Surprise. The terrain continues to change from slab to rocky, then flat and wooded. While you are hiking you will look off into the distance and see a mountain. This may fool you into thinking you are close to the Mt. Moriah are not. The 3rd mountain you see through the woods will be Mt. Moriah :). I would rate this as a Moderate/Difficult for the average run-of-the-mill hiker. Not Easy/Moderate as listed on the 4000k website. Beautiful summit. We didn't see another hiker the entire day and we had the summit (cold, windy and beautiful) to ourselves.  
Name: solowoodlandwanderer 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2015-11-03 
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