Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Chocorua (attempt), Middle Sister, NH
Trails: Champney Falls Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, January 14, 2018
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Lots of room in the lot even at 10 am. Thanks to the WMNF sand truck driver who was sanding the lot and offering advice about the first river crossing. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Wet Trail, Ice - Blue, Wet/Slippery Rock, Ice - Breakable Crust, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Snow/Ice - Postholes 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction, Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: First crossing right from the parking lot is too deep so back out to the road and follow the track inside the guard rail. Next crossing shows some enterprising hikers placed three logs, but the water is too deep for them so they've floated out of position, and are tricky to cross. Poles are critical. Other crossings all manageable but can be slippery, on thin ice, with running water, and difficult for dogs who aren't willing to get up to their elbows in cold water. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Well maintained trail. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Tricky day for the Three Legger and the Big Guy, especially the multiple water crossings and ice up high, but the Little Black Dog had a fine outing. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Detoured to the Sisters because of ice on the way to the Chocorua summit. The lower half up to the falls was a crusty sidewalk that could be managed with bareboots, as long as you turn around at the falls and don't try to go up the staircase, which is covered in ice. Poles were very helpful for some of the water crossings. The upper half of the trail was fairly good crust easily managed with microspikes. There are some patches of ice up high that would be better managed with crampons. A splendid blue sky day in the sun above treeline on the south side. Crystal clear views all around. Surprisingly limited snow cover seen on Washington. Kestrel data T = 18 W = 2 WC = 16. Thanks to the Flatlanders for joining us from Boston.  
Name: Jacksons/NNEOS  
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2018-01-14 
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