Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Cannon Mountain, NH
Trails: Lonesome Lake Trail, Hi-Cannon Trail, Kinsman Ridge Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Friday, April 13, 2018
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Lafayette Place, free parking, space available. Trash in parking lot. Did not see a trash container. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Ice - Blue, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable), Snow - Wet/Sticky, Snow - Spring Snow, Snow/Ice - Postholes 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: All easily crossed on man made bridges or rock hops, water is still pretty low. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Hi-Cannon Trail and some of Kinsman Ridge Trail needs brushing ! Needs width and height brushing, and full allowance for winter snow depths. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Fresh dog poop right "ON" the trail. Dogs could have trouble with the Hi-Cannon ladder, especially going down. Dog might a have problem with slippery stairs on lookout tower.  
Bugs: One spider, one flying bug. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: I lost a new, size large, right foot, black microspike; it pulled off due to snow balling between spikes/chains and sole of boot, pulling it off. Empty Aquafina water bottle I picked up and brought down to the parking lot. Dog poop right on center of the trail. 
Comments: Fresh snow on trail, about 1" at lower elevations, 2" at higher elevations, 3" near summit especially on the spur trail to tram station.
Low clouds & fog early in morning, mostly cleared later in day, with some rain around 7pm.
Hi-Cannon ladder rungs were partly snow covered in morning, melted by later in day.
Used microspikes from parking lot to summit as base was firm enough and it did not cause post holing. Switched to snowshoes for a short time, then to Full 12 point crampons for rest of way back to the parking lot after losing a microspike.
Snow was balling on microspike chains/plates, causing spikes to come off of boots twice; second time a microspike detached and was lost. Despite retracing the complete route, could not locate the missing microspike.
A few post holes, mostly at edge of trail.
Some ice in a few spots that could be avoided.
Trail was well packed and mostly firm, except for the new wet snow on top.
Saw several fresh today snow shoe tracks, all MSR imprints.
New, clean snow on top of the base on trails was wet sticky snow and became more sticky and slippery into the afternoon. On descent, even with 12 point crampons, occasionally they would only grab the top wet snow layer and not grab into the base, causing slipping.
Kinsman Ridge Trail freshly broken out today to Lonesome Lake by one hiker with a dog.
I broke out trail from tower to Tram summit station. Temp on summit observation tower was below freezing with about 30 mph gusts, snow and ice on stairs and railings. Light rime ice on trees over near the summit Tram station.

Rant- Inconsiderate butt slider(s) did considerable sliding today, packing and polishing the snow, creating an unnecessary hazard for other hikers. Don't people feel a responsibility any more for the safety of others who follow them ? If you must butt slide, please go to a ski area or playground.
Name: SOTA 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2018-04-14 
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