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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Mt. Whiteface, Mt. Passaconaway, NH
Trails
Trails: Blueberry Ledge Trail, Rollins Trail, Dicey's Mill Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes:  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Ice - Black, Wet/Slippery Rock, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Leaves - Significant/Slippery, Snow/Ice - Small Patches 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: No issues, largest crossing on Dicey's Mill easy to cross either rock hopping or on the large downed tree 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: A few blowdowns on Rollins, one good-sized tree blocking a part of the trail on Dicey's Mill not far past the Rollins junction and one on the Passaconaway spur section of Dicey's Mill that will be a much bigger problem with a few feet of snow. I've done Blueberry Ledge trail a handful of times but the bottom was hard to follow in a few sections because of all the downed leaves and lack of blazes - I know it's a wilderness section, yet there are several not-so-old blue blazes up higher on the same trail, so who knows - otherwise trails in ok shape 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Hannah had a good day - not too many water sources but it was cool and cloudy, and she handled the ledges like the experienced hike that she is. Blueberry Ledge trail would be difficult for many dogs even in ideal conditions like today - with the rain tonight and more precip in the forecast this weekend, I'd be careful taking a dog up that trail before spring without knowing how much ice there might be (none today but of course this could change). 
Bugs
Bugs:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: Found a green, gray and blue striped winter hat on lower Dicey's Mill, packed it out and left it in the lost and found bin at the trailhead kiosk 
 
Comments
Comments: Set out to do the loop today and fortunately the ledges on Blueberry Ledge were easy - no water, snow or ice to speak of, all the steeps were bone dry - had there been any serious doubt about this we would have done an out and back from Dicey's Mill. Only a few very very tiny negligible snow patches starting around 3800' - bit more snow and ice after the true Whiteface summit once Rollins becomes a bit more north-facing - thought about putting rock micro's on a few times but was able to navigate around the ice without going to trail jail. Once Rollins trail levels out and heads more easterly there were only small easily avoidable patches - saw a few larger patches on Dicey's Mill shortly before the Passaconoway summit but nothing that needed traction, plenty of rocks to step on. Dicey's Mill back to the trailhead was dry, though we had to take it slow in the deep leaves down low. What a difference today compared to the Tripyramids just two days ago - the mostly south-facing trails today had significantly less snow and ice, whereas Pine Bend Brook didn't see the sun all day and we needed traction for more than half the hike and the steeps were wicked slippery. That being said, it's November so spikes should be in your pack if you're doing any 4k because conditions can change. Only saw one other hiker, otherwise had the woods to ourselves and made it out before the rains started - thanks Hannah for a great day.  
Name
Name: Hikes with Hannah 
E-Mail
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Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2016-11-15 
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