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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks East Sleeper, NH
Trails
Trails: Ferncroft Road, Blueberry Ledge Trail, Rollins Trail, Kate Sleeper Trail, herd path
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Monday, January 21, 2019
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Thank you Wonalancet Outdoor Club, for plowing out the Ferncroft lot! 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Unpacked Powder 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: No water to be seen - only snow, and lots of it. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
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. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs
Bugs:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: 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.  
Name
Name: Erik Bertrand 
E-Mail
E-Mail: erik@bertpc.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2019-01-21 
Link
Link: http://www.gaiagps.com/datasummary/track/4b891f80a007695a3b60a049e87885ac5c0c5dc9 
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