|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Mt. Passaconaway, NH|
||Oliverian Brook Trail, Passaconaway Cut-Off, Square Ledge Trail, Walden Trail, Dicey's Mill Trail, East Loop |
|Date of Hike:
||Sunday, June 25, 2017|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Plenty of parking at the Oliverian Brook trailhead. The fee box was wrapped closed. |
||Dry Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||Water crossing on the Passaconaway Cut-Off Trail was easy on rocks and sand bar. |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||There are numerous downed trees on the Oliverian Brook Trail before the Wilderness boundary. All but one were step overs. One two trunk birch blow down is a straddle over. There is a tree across the East Loop Trail at about 5 feet above ground. One very large tree is across the Square Ledge trail near the junction with the Walden trail. One can angle under this tree without removing the backpack.
Otherwise, the trails are in good condition. I noticed the drainage ditches on the Passaconaway Cut-Off were clear of debris. |
||I saw no dogs today. The trail should be fine for dogs although water is scarce at higher elevations. |
||The mosquitos were plentiful and biting on the Oliverian Brook Trail and the lower reaches of the Passaconaway Cut-Off. At the upper elevations there were swarms of black flies. |
|Lost and Found:
||Although the summit of Passaconaway has no views there are plenty of outlook spots near the summit. On the Walden Trail there is a south outlook to Lake Winnipesaukee and Squam Lake as well as an east viewpoint to Mt Chocorua and Maine. The best outlook is via a .3 mile side trail (sign facing westward)with an expansive view northward to the White Mountains. There is a west/north viewpoint from a rock alongside the Dicey's mill Trail. The summit is marked by a small cairn on a short side path.|
Met many other hikers both from Ferncroft and the Kancamagus Highway routes. I finished the hike before any rain fell.
||WAUMBEK at Roadrunner dot com |
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.