Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Shelburne Moriah Mountain (attempt), NH
Trails: Rattle River Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, November 18, 2018
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Lot was plowed. No one there when I arrived at 6:30, no one was there when I left at 12:00. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Unpacked Powder, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Snow - Drifts, Snow/Ice - Postholes 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: First one was tough, the pack was unstable with lots of water still running, so I backtracked to a bridge that looked like it would hold my weight (it did), then followed the river back to the trail. Rest were no big deal. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Not too many blowdowns, a few step-overs 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Was excited for the first snowshoe hike; hope it's not a harbinger of my winter hiking this year, cuz it was a frustrating day. Arrived to a plowed lot(yay!), and a trail that was beaten to crap by bare-booters. I didn't bother with my snowshoes at first and just booted it. Halfway to the shelter the tracks got fewer and the snow deeper. I pushed to the shelter where it would be convenient to put on snowshoes, which were necessary after that as the trail was unbroken past the shelter. Broke trail through 6-8 inches of powder, getting deeper as I ascended. Somewhere between the 3 and 4 mile mark I was climbing a steep section when the snow shifted on a rock and I torqued my knee. After some initial concern it seemed okay and I tried to keep going. While it wasn't bad, it was barking enough to realize I probably couldn't break trail for 2 more miles, so I resignedly turned around. I kept my snowshoes on the whole way down in an attempt to get a track going, but I'm not sure how much it helped. Besides, based on my experience so far this winter, it will be trampled by bare-booters before anyone can take advantage of it.  
Name: K Mo 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2018-11-18 
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