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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Mt. Passaconaway, Mt. Whiteface, NH
Trails
Trails: Old Mast Road, Walden Trail, Rollins Trail, Blueberry Ledge Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, December 19, 2015
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Arrived at Ferncroft at 8:50 and the lot was full.  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Ice - Black, Wet Trail, Ice - Blue, Ice - Breakable Crust, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Leaves - Significant/Slippery 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: No water crossings.  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: There were several larger blowdowns along Old Mast Road and Walden Trail tha were easy to step over or duck under but bigger than the saw I had.  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: We had a dog with us, and with the exception of one spot on the way down Blueberry Ledge Trail, where we had to hand him down, he was totally self reliant.  
Bugs
Bugs: No bugs.  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: Nothing lost or found.  
 
Comments
Comments: Did this one with Monica and the Random Group of Hikers. Original plan was Northern Presidentials but changed to this one because of the weather forecast. Had never done Old Mast Road and found it to be quite fun - gradual at the beginning and steep at the end. There were a few spots where there were sharp turns that weren't all that evident (lots of little animal paths) so you had to pay attention to where you were going. We used our spikes along sections of the Walden Trail getting up to Passaconaway and on Rollins Trail getting down. No spikes along the ridge and then put them on again for the final climb to Whiteface. Kept them on for the descent of the Blueberry Ledge Trail. The group made easy work of the steeps along the upper portion of the trail. Came out in the dark.  
Name
Name: Michael & Monica 
E-Mail
E-Mail: michaelfblair@gmail.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2015-12-20 
Link
Link: http://www.meetup.com/random-hikers/events/226514216/ 
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