|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Mt. Chocorua, NH|
||Piper Trail, West Side Trail, Liberty Trail, Hammond Trail, Weetamoo Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Tuesday, October 16, 2018|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||No issues, but the WMNF does require a parking pass in the Piper lot. Bring $5! |
||Dry Trail, Ice - Black, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Leaves - Significant/Slippery |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||Streams were easy to cross. Some pools on the trail were tougher and I wound up just walking through some of them. Waterproof boots recommended. |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||A couple of trees down on Piper down low, one just past the Weetamoo junction, the other near where the trail turns left just after a bridge. Both easy to pass. The trail to the Camp Penacook shelter has a couple of trees blocking the trail, one quite difficult to pass. Higher up Piper, quite a few trees on the trail. The West Side trail is also cluttered with blowdowns. A few trees down on all of the other trails walked as well. |
|Lost and Found:
||Intended to summit via Piper, but lost the trail with the summit cone in sight. Descended and took the West Side trail around to Liberty (intending to make a loop with Hammond & Weetamoo) and realized the climb from that side was much easier (better marked and sheltered too).|
Careful...the water on the rocks in the summit area was frozen in places, but looked like just wet rock. I went down hard once, and another hiker said he slid a good ways before being stopped by some trees.
Disclaimer: Reports are not verified - conditions may vary. Use at own risk. Always be prepared when hiking. Observe all signs. Trail conditions reports are not substitutes for weather reports or common sense.