Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Shelburne Moriah Mountain, Mt. Moriah, NH
Trails: Shelburne Trail, Kenduskeag Trail, Carter-Moriah Trail, Moriah Brook Trail, High Water Trail, Wild River Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Wednesday, October 10, 2018
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Lots of open spaces 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Mud - Minor/Avoidable 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: We were able to rock hop the Wild River twice and keep our shoes and boots dry. No other water issues. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: A few blow downs on all trails, but nothing at all significant. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: No concerns for dogs. Only one short ladder. 
Bugs: None 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: This was a spectacular 15 mile loop on a clear warm day with vibrant fall colors everywhere. We never saw or heard a soul the entire day. This hike is highly recommended if you're looking to get of the well traveled trails in the White Mountains. We hiked the loop counterclockwise from the Wild River campground parking lot. Due to reports of Highwater trail washouts, we walked the road downstream to the Shelburne Trail crossing. We crossed the river about 100 yards downstream of the ford location marked on most trail maps. It's now a well established herdpath with yellow flagging. We rock hopped across without getting wet. The Shelburne trail is very lightly used and in good condition, well worth hiking to avoid crowds. The Kenduskeag Trail is also lightly used over Shelburne Moriah. The views at the several viewpoints on the Shelburne Moriah summit into the Wild River Valley and beyond are among the best in the White Mountains, with no sign of human presence as far as the eye can see. If you hike from the Moriah side, make sure to hike past the main summit to the few other viewpoints to the east. The Kenduskeag Trail west of the Rattle River Trail (AT) was much more traversed and much muddier. Moriah has some great views but not nearly as good as Shelburne Moriah. The Carter Moriah Trail was well worn also and muddy. Our loop continued down the Moriah Brook Trail, which looks like it's used only a few time per week. Some mud and rotten bog bridges but passable. The lower stretches of the river have lots of picturesque cascades and swimming holes. At the end, we continued on the Highwater Trail, then rock hopped across the Wild River for a few hundred yards downstream of the trail junction. We then headed back to the parking lot on the Wild River Trail, which was partly washed out by the Wild River last October. All in all one of my most enjoyable hikes, with the best of fall colors.  
Name: Hiker__Dad 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2018-10-11 
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