Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks North Tripyramid, Middle Tripyramid, NH
Trails: Pine Bend Brook Trail, Mt. Tripyramid Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, November 28, 2015
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Parked right at the trailhead off the Kanc; only one other car there. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Ice - Breakable Crust, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Significant, Leaves - Significant/Slippery 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Something like 12 stream crossings along the way, most with rocks and I think one with logs. All fairly easy as long as you plan your path. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: About a dozen blowdowns, most easily passable but others require some maneuvering. A couple of them will also make you question if you're still going the right way. A few areas where there were formerly logs across muddy areas no longer have those logs. The carin on North Tripyramid looks really sad! It's maybe 4 rocks and they were not arranged in a stack. Sometimes blazes can be scarce and with the leaves covering the ground be really careful to make sure you're going the right way. There are a lot of 'phantom trails' that seem right but eventually lead to dead ends. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: None. 
Bugs: None. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: None. 
Comments: I consider myself a strong hiker, but this one really had me worried at times today. That first big blowdown had me convinced I had already gone the wrong way only 5m into the trip! (Which I of course laughed about later) The crossings and mud wasn't awful, but there are a few times you'll have to really pick your steps. The leaves were slippery, the roots were slipper, and the rocks were very slippery after having some rain the previous day; I did a lot of scrambling, double stepping, and even some crab walking on the way down to be extra careful.

Twice I managed to get myself off the proper trail today: Once because I followed an old blaze marking that ended up being a dead end, and another because I followed what looked like trail, only to have it be a dead end while the proper trail had no blaze in sight. If you don't see a blaze for 3-4 minutes consider doubling back and making sure you're headed the right way.

All that said the whole trip took about 4.5 hours; it was a foggy and viewless day but I'm happy to cross another two off the list!  
Name: JR 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2015-11-28 
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