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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks East Sleeper, Mt. Whiteface, NH
Trails
Trails: Downes Brook Trail, Kate Sleeper Trail, East Sleeper Spur Path, Rollins Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, May 29, 2016
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes:  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Mud - Minor/Avoidable 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Only the first crossing required some care, otherwise very manageable. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Downed tree around 2/3 up Downes Brook Trail required relatively easy bushwhack around. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs
Bugs: Lots of mosquitos at the start (keep moving!), and Whiteface summit ledges had lots of black flies. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: There was a dark blue shirt on the Whiteface summit ledge near where the McCrillis Trail leaves the ledges. Left it there as it's likely it didn't come from the Downes Brook side. 
 
Comments
Comments: Blowdown from recent past on upper end of Downes Brook Trail is stunning to behold. Chatted with Steven Smith (Mountain Wanderer), who happened to be on that trail just a few days earlier to check it out, and he believes it's one of the worst to hit the Whites in many decades. Nearly every large tree, down over a wide swath; an incredible sight to behold.

Otherwise, a great overcast day, though sun was peeking through in the afternoon. Just one other car at the start, and ten when I hiked out. Saw just five people on the trail, had East Sleeper to myself for a good 45 minutes, and saw only three people on Whiteface summit (thought there'd be many more!). "Illegal" campsite along Kate Sleeper trail continues to be a popular spot.  
Name
Name: Erik Bertrand 
E-Mail
E-Mail: erik@bertpc.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2016-05-29 
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