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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Mt. Passaconaway, Mt. Whiteface, East Sleeper, West Sleeper, South Tripyramid, Middle Tripyramid, North Tripyramid, NH
Trails
Trails: 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
Date of Hike: Sunday, January 3, 2016
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Oliverian Brook Trailhead was not plowed. Good to have high clearance and/or AWD this day.  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Ice - Black, Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Ice - Breakable Crust, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: All were easy  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Kate Sleeper Trail is in the best shape I've seen, blowdown-wise! 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs
Bugs:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: 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.  
Name
Name: Snowflea 
E-Mail
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Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2016-01-03 
Link
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