|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Mt. Whiteface, Mt. Passaconaway, NH|
||Blueberry Ledge Trail, Rollins Trail, Dicey's Mill Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Wednesday, April 24, 2019|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Dry Trail, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Unstable), Snow - Spring Snow, Leaves - Significant/Slippery |
||Snowshoes, Light Traction |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||Water crossing on Dicey Mills was a bit sketchy. The log does indeed remain but the water level is high and it's moving very fast. The trail itself that is now a brook in many parts is unavoidable unless you don't care about hiking off-trail (and potentially damaging fragile vegetation, extending erosion, etc.) |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||No serious blowdowns. Signs are showing normal wear and tear in many places.
Hillsounds and Microspikes were OK in the lower elevations, but once in the steeper bits, snowshoes become essential. |
||Cannon the Wonder Dog adeptly managed all the ledges with reckless abandon. |
|Lost and Found:
||A grey Mountain Hardware windstopper Gore-Tex hat, and a single Microspike were left in the box at the trailhead sign in the parking area. ||
||It was a very long and arduous outing. The trail has some monorail left, but it's deteriorating fast. Its diminutive width coupled with unstable mashed-potato snow made for some very slow going. Up on the col, a large animal (likely a moose, by its track) had postholed the trail to smithereens. And everywhere, postholing, slipping, tripping, and falling made the way going very slow. Not so long ago, this would have been a much quicker trip, but the trail conditions have begun to majorly fall to pieces. We bagged both peaks, but it was a very hard fought day. |
If these two aren't on your grid list or something similar, I'd give it a pass for at least a couple weeks, until things firm back up.
On account of having gotten home late, pictures and a more detailed description of the day will be on my blog in the morning. Stay tuned, and thanks for bearing with me.
||Protean Wanderer |
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.