|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||East Sleeper, NH|
||Ferncroft Road, Blueberry Ledge Trail, Rollins Trail, Kate Sleeper Trail, herd path|
|Date of Hike:
||Monday, January 21, 2019|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Thank you Wonalancet Outdoor Club, for plowing out the Ferncroft lot! |
||Snow - Unpacked Powder |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||No water to be seen - only snow, and lots of it. |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||No big issues, same old Winter blowdowns/leaning trees, duck-under or crawl over or go around. The blowdown areas along the col toward East Sleeper were tricky to follow, not surprising. |
|Lost and Found:
||This was a really, really tough one. Three of us broke out the route over Whiteface to East Sleeper, no one else seen anywhere. Michael B and Tom L were fantastic, we all worked together to claim this very hard-fought day. A little over 10.5 hours from start to finish.|
Softer, breakable crust of 2-3" down low, leading to 2-3' of powder up high on the Whiteface cone and along the Sleeper ridge. The ledges were snow covered - we hardly touched rock. Slow going working through the drifts and deep snow especially along the ridge. Ran into the usual leaning trees, but wasn't terrible; didn't lose the trail except to work around the numerous blowdown areas just before the East Sleeper summit proper.
Indebted to Michael and Tom for joining me on this; I couldn't have done it without them! Long live the challenge of the Winter New England 100 Highest! This is 88 for me.
||Erik Bertrand |
Disclaimer: Reports are not verified - conditions may vary. Use at own risk. Always be prepared when hiking. Observe all signs. Trail conditions reports are not substitutes for weather reports or common sense.