|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Mt. Passaconaway, Mt. Whiteface, East Sleeper, West Sleeper, South Tripyramid, Middle Tripyramid, North Tripyramid, NH|
||Oliverian Brook Trail, Passaconaway Cutoff, Square Ledge Trail, Walden Trail, Dicey's Mill Trail, Rollins Trail, Downes Brook Trail, Kate Sleeper Trail, Mt. Tripyramid Trail, Pine Bend Brook Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Sunday, January 3, 2016|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Oliverian Brook Trailhead was not plowed. Good to have high clearance and/or AWD this day. |
||Ice - Black, Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Ice - Breakable Crust, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular |
||Snowshoes, Traction |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||All were easy |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||Kate Sleeper Trail is in the best shape I've seen, blowdown-wise! |
|Lost and Found:
||Barebooted from start to South Tri Slide. Oliverian, P Cutoff, Square Ledge and Walden had all seen foot traffic, but surface was nowhere near as hard packed as Dicey's and Rollins. Lots of sneaky ice-encapsulated, snow-covered rocks. |
Downes Brook and Kate Sleeper had one set of snowshoe prints from yesterday (thanks JB) as well as a moose prints (GOT TO SEE THE MOOSE, TOO!!). Met two crazy Canadians at start of KST--they had ascended North Tri Slide (and said it was quite scary!!!), they too barebooting it... manageable but snowshoes would have made life easier here for the next 2.5 miles. Still, it was not too bad.
Microspikes for the South Slide and all the way to Kanc. South Slide really warranted full crampons, IMO. Couple of sketchy moves on unstable, crusty/loose/icy surface (but easy compared to North Slide according to Canadians). South Tri gets no love; trail from Middle Tri on down PBB a packed highway in comparison.
Fun day, especially the moose sighting. :)
Started by headlamp, finished before needing it again.
Disclaimer: Reports are not verified - conditions may vary. Use at own risk. Always be prepared when hiking. Observe all signs. Trail conditions reports are not substitutes for weather reports or common sense.