Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Moriah, Shelburne Moriah Mountain, NH
Trails: Carter-Moriah Trail, Kenduskeag Trail, Rattle River Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, September 3, 2016
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Parking on Bangor St. full (room for 3-4 cars on left side only)and overflow (10-15 cars)at power lines almost when we started at 8:30 AM this morning.  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: No water crossings or water on the C-M Trail. All crossings on the Rattle River Trail easy to negotiate with the drought this year. Rock hopping. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: C-M, Kenduskeag between C-m & Rattle River as well as Rattle River in great shape. To be expected since portions are the AT. Lots of newer bog bridges on Kenduskeag between Moriah summit and Rattle Rive. After Rattle River to Shelburne-Moriah, many bog bridges require replacement and a couple of large blowdowns. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Saw a few dogs today, but no water on C-M trail to Moriah summit and some steep slabs. 
Bugs: none 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: lost a pair of sunglasses between Surprise & Moriah summit on the Carter-Moriah Trail. 
Comments: It was Labor Day weekend and the weather was sunny blue skies with temps in the 60's & 70's. Not sure that I expected to be alone but not to have 30+ people on the summit of Moriah at about lunchtime. didn't stay long, left for Shelburne-Moriah, although we could hear the people on the summit for quite a distance away. Ran into a couple of SOBO's at the junction of the Rattle River and the Kenduskeag Trails. Then only had a group of 3 backpackers go past us toward Imp looking for water (had come from Wild River CG that morning). Great hike over open ledges and an even better view in almost all directions. Had a snack at the lower ledges with views toward Maine. Had the entire area to ourselves. I know now why S-M is on the 52WAV! Although I can see if the wind is blowing you will be very exposed on the ledges. Rattle River Trail drops very steeply ~2500' in first 2+ miles, typical trail in the Whites, will be slippery when wet though. At the point where the elevation peters out , there are numerous spots to swim in the Rattle River or more like soak. Last 2 miles from shelter is a wonderful gradual almost graded trail. Great way to end this traverse. Walked from trailhead to hostel for the night!  
Name: Frinda 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2016-09-06 
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