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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Mt. Whiteface, Mt. Passaconaway, NH
Trails
Trails: Blueberry Ledge Trail, Rollins Trail, Dicey's Mill Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Wednesday, April 24, 2019
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes:  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Unstable), Snow - Spring Snow, Leaves - Significant/Slippery 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
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
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.  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Cannon the Wonder Dog adeptly managed all the ledges with reckless abandon.  
Bugs
Bugs:  
Lost and Found
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.  
 
Comments
Comments: 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.  
Name
Name: Protean Wanderer 
E-Mail
E-Mail: hiker@proteanwanderer.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2019-04-24 
Link
Link: http://www.proteanwanderer.com 
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