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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Mt. Chocorua, NH
Trails
Trails: Champney Falls Trail, Piper Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, December 18, 2010
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: $3 a day pass 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Ice - Black, Ice - Blue, Snow - Trace/Minimal Depth 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: dicey in a few spots where breaking through ice was possible and brooks were running fast and heavy. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: several blow downs throughout length of trails, but always passable without much effort. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: saw some tracks a couple days old, too much ice to say it would be okay for them unless they have traction for dogs. 
Bugs
Bugs:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: Saw lots of tracks, some with yaks and micro's, but after 1.5 miles up Champney, crampons become a necessity, not an option. We took the loop and climbed up beside the falls before rejoining the main trail, and from that point forward the trail was almost 100% ice, frequently very thick and hard ice.

Summit dome was tricky and dangerous due to poor mixture of rock and ice. Not enough ice for crampons to properly bite, so we slipped on rocks while wearing crampons. Not enough dry rock to take crampons off or you'd slip on what ice there was...in a couple of weeks with some storms I'm guessing rocks will be better covered to give crampons more purchase.  
Name
Name: Rick and Dan 
E-Mail
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Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2010-12-18 
Link
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