Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Kearsarge, NH
Trails: Winslow Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Friday, December 2, 2016
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Limited parking at gate (locked) to park. No problem. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Ice - Blue, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Leaves - Significant/Slippery 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: None 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Trail is in good shape, though eroded in places. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: The two I saw seemed happy. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: This is the Kearsarge in the Lakes region, not the one near North Conway. The trail to the summit/fire tower was 1.1 miles each way, but since the park gate was locked there was an additional mile (my guess) of road walking each way. This is a deceptively tough trail. It has very rough footing throughout (lots of roots down low and much rock hopping higher up), and is quite steep in places. The trail is well marked with blazes down low and cairns near the top. Lots of parts of the trail were very wet, and since there was no snow anywhere I am guessing the water was from melted snow (temps today were in the mid 40s). There was considerable ice higher up, but it was avoidable. I brought my spikes along but never had to put them on. My old knees are a bit sore from hiking down this trail. A couple I met told me that the longer trail (1.8 miles) starting from the same place is much easier. Maybe the next time I will try it.  
Name: Ray Cooper 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2016-12-02 
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