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Peaks
Peaks Dry River Wilderness, NH
Trails
Trails: Dry River Trail, Mt. Clinton Trail, Dry River Cutoff, Mt. Eisenhower Trail, Crawford Path, Isolation Trail, Rocky Branch Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Tuesday, June 27, 2017
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: We left one car along Rt. 302 at the start of Dry River Trail (room for several cars along the road). And a second car was left at southern terminus of Rocky Branch Trail on Jericho Road. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Mud - Significant 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Scores! Whoever named this area "Dry River" had to have a sense of humor. The USGS Saco gauge was running at 500-550 cfs, and we safely rock hopped or forded all crossings. The only exception, was that we elected not to cross the Dry River where the Mt. Eisenhower Trail takes off from Dry River Trail. It did look like we could ford it if we scouted... but we had a plan to hike trails without having to cross this one crossing. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Mt. Clinton Trail was tough and lousy as advertised :-) All other trails, though rough and rugged, were easy to follow. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs
Bugs: Surprisingly few! 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: At Dry River Shelter #3, found a vestibule / fly tent pole, gold colored. Carried it out... let me know if it's yours. 
 
Comments
Comments: Three day adventure, redlining trails in the Dry River Wilderness. We used Hut stays to reduce weight.. and to eat better :-)

Great three days with hiking friend Karen R., and Karen M. (for day 2).

There were numerous river crossings...and we quickly decided to just walk across them in our trail runners. Wet feet... true! But crossings were safer this way... and more efficient.

It was really neat to see the effects of Hurricane Irene on the trails... and to see evidence of the old logging RR.  
Name
Name: Beth Z. 
E-Mail
E-Mail: btzimr at gmail dot com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2017-06-29 
Link
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