Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Shelburne Moriah Mountain, NH
Trails: Rattle River Trail (AT), Kenduskeag Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Tuesday, October 16, 2018
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Plenty of parking at Rattle River Trail trailhead off of Route 2. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Ice - Black, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Mud - Significant, Leaves - Significant/Slippery, Snow/Ice - Small Patches 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Not an issue -- water is running, but plenty of dry rocks to walk across. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Trails generally in good shape. Quite a bit of deadfall and debris from high winds, but nothing of too much concern. We cleaned some as we went along. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs: None. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Cloudy, blustery, day that turned nicer and clearer as it progressed. The views from Shelburne Moriah are spectacular.

Conditions were generally good, with some reminders that winter is approaching, at higher elevations -- ice on bog bridges, ice-crusty mud, and icy ledges here and there, all requiring some care. We brought light traction, but never needed it.

In spite of the rain the evening before, the Rattle River Trail had plenty of dry footing, in particular at the river crossings and on the steeps. Kenduskeag Trail is, to put it plainly, a series of mud pits connected by occasional dry trail and bog bridges. Some of the mud pits are a bit deep, as one in our party found out the hard way. These, even including some with bog bridges, could be interesting to deal with after a bit of a freeze and then some light snow cover -- could be challenging to figure out where to step to avoid the water.

We'll probably wait until full-on winter with good firm snow cover before trying this again.

One note: we looked for, but did not see/find the missing items noted by the person who posted them lost a couple of days earlier on the Rattle River Trail -- they could easily be covered by blowing leaves by now, if they have not been found. (Sorry!)  
Name: Pancks and Tesco Heaney 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2018-10-18 
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