Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks North Twin Mountain, South Twin Mountain, Mt. Guyot, Zealand Mountain, Mt. Hale, NH
Trails: North Twin Trail, North Twin Spur, Twinway, Zealand Spur, Lend-A-Hand Trail, Firewardens Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Friday, July 20, 2018
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: There is a small lot at the end of Haystack Road. No fee. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: The third crossing of the Little River on the North Twin Trail was the easiest that I have Seen (other than the snow bridge in the winter). There was a row of rocks that extended across the river where the trail met the banking. All other river/brook crossings were small and easy. I avoided the first and second crossings of the Little River by using the well worn herd path that parallels the river which exits the North Twin Trail to the left just before the first crossing. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Trails in good condition. There is some eroded sections on the North Twin Trail but it is not extreme at this time. There were blow downs on the North Twin Trail. Most were step overs but one was a straddle over and another was a duck under (before and after the third river crossing). The Firewarden's path had fallen trees across the trail that were easy to step over. There are ferns, grass, hobblebush that extend in to the Firewarden's path but there is never any confusion as to the location of the pathway. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Saw a couple of dogs today. Trails should be good for dogs but the Little River crossing may be difficult for some dogs in high water. 
Bugs: A few here and there but none biting. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: The hike was around the Little River drainage. There is an appreciable elevation gain on this route. There was a dead hare beside the Lend-a-Hand Trail. It was still intact so I don't know why it was dead. Great views from the two outlooks on North Twin, South Twin summit, Mt Guyot, Zeacliff, and from the shoulder of Mt Hale on the Firewarden's path. Met lots of hikers today although I had the summits of North Twin and Mt Hale to myself. Saw nobody after leaving the Twinway to ascend Mt Hale. the mud sections were minimal and most were drying up.  
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Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2018-07-20 
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