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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Mt. Moosilauke, NH
Trails
Trails: Benton Trail, Beaver Brook Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, May 6, 2017
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Ample parking along Tunnel Brook Road. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Ice - Black, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Ice - Breakable Crust, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable), Snow - Wet/Sticky, Mud - Significant, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Unstable), Leaves - Significant/Slippery, Snow/Ice - Postholes, Snow/Ice - Small Patches 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: First crossing at 0.2 miles on Benton Trail required care and a bushwhack upstream about 0.1 mile. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Beaver Brook Trail is fine. Benton, not so much. Removed numerous large branches, and at least a few larger trees were fallen and blocking it; a couple places require some care to stay on-trail. Numerous places need fresh water bar work. Benton needs some attention!  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs
Bugs:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: Recovered one red Kahtoola microspike, hiked it down and hung on the back of the trail sign at the parking lot at the Tunnel Brook Road trailhead. Also found a tattered, white tank top, which we simply removed from trail. 
 
Comments
Comments: We knew we'd be wet today, and the mountain did not disappoint. Mostly rain-free until we came above treeline, when we were greeted with a steady rain and very strong winds (50-60pm sustained). The immediate area around the summit sign had the highest winds, somewhat uncommonly (?) coming up from the east/southeast. Extremely wet trail in places with steady water flow, and several long stretches of snow along Benton (no visible monorail) and one or two on Beaver Brook (visible monorail), up to 3-4' deep, were mostly unstable. Spring remains my least favorite season to hike. Exciting above treeline, though! We barebooted the whole way, but some traction could help (the light crampon type). Now, if I could only get my boots dry... VFTT trip report and photos coming soon - look under "hikersinger" author.  
Name
Name: Erik Bertrand 
E-Mail
E-Mail: erik@bertpc.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2017-05-06 
Link
Link: http:// 
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