Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Shelburne Moriah Mountain, NH
Trails: Rattle River Trail (AT), Kenduskeag Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Monday, November 19, 2018
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Only car at the Rattle River Trailhead at 7AM and 3PM. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Wet Trail, Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow/Ice - Postholes 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: All snow-bridged or easily hopped on snow-covered rocks. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Lots of blowdowns at varying heights; snow-covered evergreen branches frequently in the trail up high. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Snowshoes from car to car. Not bad for November! Trail was choppy (mainly boot traffic) below the shelter, with a nicely consolidated snowshoe track above the shelter up to about 2.8 miles in. Nothing except animal tracks after that. Was initially breaking trail through 6 inches or so, but by the time I reached the Kenduskeag Trail, I was sinking in knee-deep to hip-deep with each snowshoe step. Powdery, unconsolidated snow up high- some of the steep climbs took several attempts (and maybe a few profanities) to finally gain enough purchase with snowshoes and poles to move forward. Spent plenty of time walking on top of evergreens, and going over, under, and through their branches en route to a well-earned Shelburne Moriah summit. I'm normally around 50-60% of book time- and the last 1.3 miles from the Kenduskeag junction to Shelburne Moriah took me an exhausting hour and a half!  
Name: Jason 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2018-11-19 
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