|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Mt. Kearsarge, NH|
||Access road, Winslow Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Saturday, February 2, 2019|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||I was the fifth of 5 cars when I got there at 11. Not sure you could have fit more cars there (legally) at that point. |
||Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Unpacked Powder |
|Water Crossing Notes:
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||Two blowdowns in the bottom 1/3 of the trail. First one is an easy step-over. Second one is a either a step-over or duck-under depending on how tall you are. |
|Lost and Found:
||A single glove hung on the “To Trails” sign. ||
||Original plan was to do Winslow up, Barlow down, but being the genius that I am, I forgot that the road was gated, which was a mile each way. So up and down Winslow it was. |
The trail needs a serious reset. It is roto-tilled to hell and back. I caught up to two different groups of college students, all of whom were barebooting or had spikes. They completely tore up whatever of a track was there before. Side note - as most of them were barebooting, they opted to descend Barlow. So I imagine that trail has been chopped up pretty fierce as well.
I kept my snowshoes on for about 1/3 of a mile, before I just gave up. Way too choppy to be effective. The trail legit needs another 6” of snow, and an army of folks on snowshoes. It’s going to be rough going until then.
The unpacked powder on top of the ice around the Halfway Rock was fun coming down.
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.