Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Kearsarge, NH
Trails: Winslow Trail, Barlow Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Thursday, December 23, 2010
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: The last 0.9 miles of Kearsarge Mountain Road is gated and not maintained in the winter. There is space for four or five cars in front of the gate, and then plenty of parking along the side of the road before this -- one just needs to walk the last 0.9 miles to the trailhead. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Unpacked Powder, Ice - Blue, Snow - Drifts, Ice - Breakable Crust, Snow - Trace/Minimal Depth 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: None of note. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: None of note -- trails are totally clear of blowdowns and the Barlow Trail is freshly re-blazed and has re-built cairns (thank you, Cardigan Mountain Highlanders!), all of which greatly aided route-finding in the fog and blowing snow. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: There were full-on winter conditions atop Kearsarge today -- blowing snow, fog, and 40-mph winds on the summit. It was absolutely lovely. NOTE: there's anywhere from 2 to 6 inches of floe ice on much of the two trails (very little near the summit, though), with 2 to 3 inches of new powder snow down below and about 6 inches near the top, with some short drifts of about a foot. Some sort of traction is recommended. We used MicroSpikes and were fine, as long as care was taken on some steep sections.  
Name: Florence Ice 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2010-12-23 
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