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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Mt. Surprise, Mt. Moriah, NH
Trails
Trails: Carter-Moriah Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, October 28, 2017
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: There is room for about 8 cars in the lot very close to the trailhead, and there were only 3 other cars when we arrived at 8:15am. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Leaves - Significant/Slippery 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: There are no water crossings along this trail. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Well maintained and decently marked 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: It seemed to be a very dog-friendly trail, as many happy dogs passed us along the way. 
Bugs
Bugs: No bugs! 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: There were lots of leaves on first half of trail (to Mount Surprise), but they were dry and weren't an issue at all. The second half of the trail (from Mount Surprise to the summit) has an impressive amount of smooth rock slabs that are angled at about 45 degrees. Many of the slabs had some moisture on them which made them quite tricky. My wife wore nanospikes and had a much easier time navigating the slabs than the three of us who didn't bring any traction gear. We would recommend nanospikes (or maybe microspikes) if you expect any precipitation on the slabs.

The summit is extremely well-defined, being a single rounded rock protuberance rising just above the tree line. It offers wonderful views and photo ops. There is a sheltered spot mere feet away from the summit which is a great spot for taking a lunch break.  
Name
Name: Bill Havice 
E-Mail
E-Mail: BillHavice@Yahoo.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2017-11-01 
Link
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