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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Mt. Kearsarge, Baker's Ledge, NH
Trails
Trails: Lincoln Trail, Baker's Ledge spur
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, April 17, 2016
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Plenty at the pull-off on Kearsarge Valley Road. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Mud - Significant, Snow/Ice - Small Patches 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Three early crossings on the snowmobile road are bridged. There's a small one maybe half way in which is an easy rock hop. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: There are a few old felled trees here and there which are not a problem. There is a gnarly new looking one perhaps a mile below the Rollins Trail junction (near a vernal pool above and off the trail). During my trek I tossed aside a few limbs and branches. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: I saw one with it's owners on my way out on the snowmobile trail. 
Bugs
Bugs: A handful throughout the day...getting ready I'm sure. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: Nothing. 
 
Comments
Comments: Trail is mostly dry with some spots of mud here and there - boots will almost certainly get dirty and/or wet so just accept it and press on. There is one - and only one - area of ice hanging on maybe 8 feet in length about .75 below the Rollins Trail junction. Fortunately there are a couple of roots along with a rock popping out which help. I was pleasantly surprised that the 'rough and steep' section ascending the summit was completely dry so I did that both ways rather than taking the Rollins highway.

When I got to the summit I walked around a bit and up to the tower to enjoy the magnificent views in all directions. While up there I counted nearly 60 people scattered around the summit area which was my cue to get out. I parked myself for lunch and a quick nap descending the steeps. Other a couple with a dog walking up the snowmobile road as I was heading out I did not see a soul on the trail. Despite the crowds on top this was a fun hike to a fine peak on a stellar day.

 
Name
Name: HMJ 
E-Mail
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Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2016-04-17 
Link
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