Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Clay, Mt. Washington, NH
Trails: Great Gulf Trail, Sphinx Trail, Clay Loop, Gulfside, Trinity Heights Connector, Nelson Crag Trail, Huntington Ravine Trail, Alpine Garden Trail, Wamsutta Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, August 8, 2010
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Plenty of parking in the Great Gulf fee area. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Mud, Standing/Running Water on Trail 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Great Gulf water crossings prior to Wamsutta were rock hoppable with ease; water crossings thereafter were a bit more difficult due to sparse number of good rocks. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Wamsutta Trail had water running on trail in upper portion of trail. Wamsutta Trail had lots of evergreen branches crossing over trail that occasionally obscured the footway. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs: None. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: Saw blue tarp left at campsite on the Bluff. 
Comments: The Great Gulf trail in good condition. Some rock work in poor drainage areas made crossing the mud spots easier. Bear boxes at many of the Great Gulf campsites. Some old blow downs across trail which were easy to step over, step on, or straddle. Water crossings above the Wamsutta/Six Husband section of Great Gulf trail were a bit trickier than the lower crossings. Nice waterfalls on West Branch of the Peabody River between the Wamsutta trail and the Sphinx trail. Early on the Sphinx trail there were recent cuttings of blow downs. The Sphinx trail was in great condition. Many beautiful cascades by the trail. The path crosses the brook many times and goes up the brook on large rocks for a short stretch. This trail may be tough on a wet day. The trails above treeline were dry and well marked. The Wamsutta trail provides great views of the Northern Presidentials and the Great Gulf headwall. Tree trimming is needed on the mid section of this trail and some drainage work on the upper elevations of the trail would be helpful. All in all the loop trip was best ascending the Sphinx trail because it allowed good views of the falls and descent on the Wamsutta which permitted great views over the Great Gulf.  
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Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2010-08-08 
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