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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Mt. Chocorua, NH
Trails
Trails: Piper Trail, West Side Trail, Liberty Trail, Hammond Trail, Weetamoo Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Tuesday, October 16, 2018
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: No issues, but the WMNF does require a parking pass in the Piper lot. Bring $5! 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Ice - Black, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Leaves - Significant/Slippery 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
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
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. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs
Bugs:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: 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.  
Name
Name: Hikeritz 
E-Mail
E-Mail: jwritz@gmail.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2018-10-16 
Link
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