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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: Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Parked at the gate on Kearsarge Mountain Road. The gate has been un-buried but is still closed and locked. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Ice - Blue, Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction, Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: No issues. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Still that one minor stepover just before Halfway Rock along Winslow Trail. I should have brought a saw. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Sure. 
Bugs
Bugs: Nope. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: 1 1/2 trekking poles on a picnic table inside the pavilion. 
 
Comments
Comments: A little crampon refresher today in preparation for an upcoming hike. Trails are frozen solid. I put spikes on for the road walk and then switched to crampons before heading up the trails. WT is choppy from barebooters. The usual big ice bulges just past Halfway Rock. I see that some folks went around this area, I went straight up. The summit ledges have mostly been blown clear of snow. Temps were cold, but the sun was bright and there was zero wind, a rarity. Winslow was in better shape, not as choppy. I descended in crampons to the parking area, then I barebooted back down the road.

On the summit, I ran into a state police employee doing work on the communications tower. There are two windows missing from the fire tower cab and he told me they were blown out by the wind. They are due to be replaced soon.  
Name
Name: KenM 
E-Mail
E-Mail: kmacgray@gmail.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2017-01-31 
Link
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