Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Chocorua, Middle Sister, Carter Ledge, NH
Trails: Piper Trail, Middle Sister Trail, Carter Ledge, Nickerson Ledge Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: no problems at the Piper Trail trailhead (no fee envelopes were available for collection), but this was on the Wed. before Mem. Day weekend 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes:  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: blazes are worn and occasionally invisible, and the lack of cairns on the high open sections of Piper Trail led to repeated difficulties following the trail (also at the very bottom of the trail) 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: several dogs on the trail seemed happy, but there is very little water on any of these trails; some of the ledges on the Carter Ledge Trail are a sharp, rough stone that could be dangerous for dogs, and the steepness and difficulty of this trail probably make it bad for dogs in general  
Bugs: only minor gnats and mosquitos 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Piper Trail is NOT easy, and the Middle Sister and Ledge trails are harder, with many very steep sections and short scrambles. These were all dry and apart from some loose gravel and wet ledges in the upper sections of the ledge trails, they were not problematical today for an experienced hiker in good weather. But I would not want to be on any of these trails in bad weather or poor light. All of them could use better blazing, especially in the rough upper sections; getting down quickly out of the open section of the Piper Trail in case of lightning could be difficult and potentially hazardous.  
Name: David Schulenberg 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2016-05-25 
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