|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Mt. Kearsarge, NH|
||Kearsarge Mountain Road, Lincoln Trail, Rollins Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Sunday, February 26, 2017|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Small parking area at base of Rollins State Park Kearsarge Mtn. Road. We were the only car at 9:00am upon returning there were 8, including ours. |
||Wet Trail, Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Wet/Slippery Rock, Ice - Breakable Crust, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Snow - Spring Snow, Snow/Ice - Postholes |
|Water Crossing Notes:
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||Saw three dogs on the trail, seemed to be maneuvering well on the varied conditions. |
||Didn't notice any. |
|Lost and Found:
||Kearsarge Mtn. Road; loop ascending Lincoln Trail and descending Rollins Trail|
The road walk varied between ice, packed snow, unpacked snow and bare pavement. We decided to bare-boot up since repeated putting traction on and taking traction off would have been frustrating. It wasn't too bad. At the base of the Lincoln Trail the snow was deep so we donned snowshoes only to remove them 10 yards later when it was time to climb the rocks. Rock scramble was much easier and more rewarding than the road walk. Some spots were wet and icy but the scramble is wide enough that you can find an alternate route. Summit was extremely windy, stayed long enough to have a snack and take a few photos before returning via Rollins Trail. Conditions on the Rollins Trail were not appealing, wet and icy all the way down. Considered hiking back up the mountain to take the Lincoln Trail down. Instead, we put on our Hillsounds and decided to keep them on for most of the road walk down since it always seems to be more slippery traveling downhill. As we were descending a lot of folks were heading up, saw two well behaved dogs and paid a visit to the pleasantly clean privy before heading to the Flying Goose Brew Pub for lunch. Happy trails!
Disclaimer: Reports are not verified - conditions may vary. Use at own risk. Always be prepared when hiking. Observe all signs. Trail conditions reports are not substitutes for weather reports or common sense.