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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Mt. Kearsarge, NH
Trails
Trails: Kearsarge Mountain Road, Winslow Trail, Barlow Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Friday, January 6, 2017
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Parked at the Winslow State Park gate on Kearsarge Mountain Road. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Ice - Blue, Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction, Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: No issues. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Lots of debris down and branches leaning into the trail due to ice. One minor stepover blowdown just before Halfway Rock on WT. I removed one large branch that was partially blocking the road. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: If they are good on ice, sure. 
Bugs
Bugs: Nope. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: There's one mitten frozen to a tree branch at the trailhead. 
 
Comments
Comments: The recent thaw and refreeze has frozen the mountain solid. The road walk is groomed for skiers and is easy walking. Both trails are well-packed, frozen sidewalks. One area of ice bulges to negotiate just above Halfway Rock on WT, where it usually collects. The upper ledges and summit are a layer of ice probably half an inch thick, covered by a thin layer of snow from last night. I got by in sharp Hillsounds for the whole trip, but full crampons would not be overkill up top.

Light winds for a change up here today and the promised sun poked out here and there. Saw two guys come up from the Rollins side, one without traction (!!), the other carrying a large cardboard box. No idea.  
Name
Name: KenM 
E-Mail
E-Mail: kmacgray@gmail.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2017-01-06 
Link
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