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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks North Tripyramid, Middle Tripyramid, South Tripyramid, West Sleeper, East Sleeper, Mt. Whiteface, Mt. Passaconaway , NH
Trails
Trails: Pine Bend Brook Trail, Mt. Tripyramid Trail, Kate Sleeper Trail, East Sleeper Spur, Rollins Trail, Dicey's Mill Trail, Walden Trail, Square Ledge Trail, Passaconaway Cutoff, Oliverian Brook Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, May 20, 2017
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Oliverian Brook Trailhead is a fee lot I think. There were envelopes and a pay tube but no signs on the board. Plenty of parking. No fee at the Pine Bend Brook Trailhead as it's on the shoulder of the road. Only a couple other cars today. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Unstable), Snow - Spring Snow 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: All crossings were easy rock hops. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Overall the trails in good shape. We took out a few blowdowns blocking the way on Pine Bend Brook Tr, Mt Tripyramid Tr, and Kate Sleeper Tr. Few blazes as most of the trails are in a wilderness area.  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Marlie has no trouble dealing with the remaining ice and snow. Probably handled it better than we did. Theese trails would be fine for an experienced trail pup. Plenty of water and cooling effect from the snow to keep her comfortable.  
Bugs
Bugs: Black flies were out along the Oliverian Brook Trail and at the parking lot. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: There is a gold color set of trekking poles with winter baskets on top of North Tripyramid. I did not want to carry them for 13 miles so left them in an obvious spot. Found a rusty can of Colt Orange flavored something on North Tripyramid. 
 
Comments
Comments: My first time doing a Sandwich Range traverse and it did not disappoint. The snow started on the ridge near Scaur Ridge Tr but came and went, up to a foot of monorail. It was a little icy heading up North Tripyramid, microspikes would have been useful but we all barebooted without issue. While all of the summits were bare there was still up to two feet of snow and monorail between the peaks of the Tripyramids and Sleepers spaced out by some bare sections. Rollins Tr was almost snow free. Minimal ice on Dicey's Mill Tr just below the summit of Passaconaway. Once headed down we never saw snow again. There was a group of 10+ older hikers that we passed on the Rollins Tr and some people camping 25 feet off of the trail just above the Rollins/Dicey's Mill junction next to the small stream crossing. :( I will assume they don't know the wilderness rules. Overall an excellent day with great company. Thank you William and Kristen for the car spot and enjoying the remaining monorail with me.

17.2 mi 5650' elev+ 9 hr 50 min  
Name
Name: IQuest 
E-Mail
E-Mail: iandanner@hotmail com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2017-05-21 
Link
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