Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Chocorua, NH
Trails: Champney Falls Trail, Piper Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Monday, December 24, 2018
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: The parking lot is plowed, but is also a giant sheet of ice. It is lightly sanded, which helps a bit... 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Ice - Blue, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable), Snow/Ice - Postholes 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Numerous crossings, nothing is bridged. Bring waterproof boots, I wouldn't even attempt this trail without them. The first crossing is almost impassable due to high(ish) water an icy rocks. DO NOT ROCK HOP. We took the bridge for the road across and found a herd path rejoining the trail. Beware icy rocks at other crossings. See "Comments" about accessing Pitcher Falls. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: 2 notable blowdowns, although they aren't causing too much disruption. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: My had a blast. Plenty of water on trail to drink from. The snow is crusty on and off trail. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: The trail is in ok shape until about halfway between the trailhead and the waterfalls. From this point all the way until breaking treeline on the summit ridge, the trail is torn to bits. Postholes continuously and the warm up has melted/washed away big chunks of the snowpack on the trail. This means that there is a ton of water, mud, and exposed rock. We were in and out of our spikes way too much. The postholes were everywhere... Fragments of the monorail are surprisingly stable, which helps, but geez our ankles were sore by the end. The falls were amazing with all the ice and flowing water. The "trail" to Pitcher Falls was only doable with waterproof boots. This is because to have to only use submerged rocks for the water crossing to avoid the ice above the water, totally worth it though.  
Name: T Jordan 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2018-12-24 
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