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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Mt. Surprise, Mt. Moriah, NH
Trails
Trails: Carter Moriah Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, July 20, 2019
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: The few spaces at the end of Bangor Road were full at 8. Managed to get one of the last spots at the right-of-way just down the street. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Mud - Significant 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: None 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Trimmed back a large blowdown above the ledges. The bottom had been axed, however the resulting blowdown has rolled into the trail. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs
Bugs: Occasional mosquitoes, but generally minimal. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: Carter-Moriah Trail up to Mt. Surprise was mostly dry and in good shape. A few spots have unmitigated erosion, but generally the footing is good. Some ripe blueberries around Mt. Surprise.

The initial ledges after Mt. Surprise were mostly dry. The infamous mud bog is unsavory, as one of the middle bog bridges has become submerged. One can carefully balance on a branch and probe with a pole for the submerged bog bridge, however a misstep will result in a very nasty, mucky plunge. The trail is greasy in places in the upper elevations, where trail creep and erosion is revealing wider, slippery ledges and trees are dying as a result of exposed root balls and people walking around and hanging off them.

The summit was actually somewhat cool with a steady breeze. Meanwhile, around lunchtime the temperatures at the base were in the lower 90s.  
Name
Name: rocket21 
E-Mail
E-Mail: rocket21@franklinwebpublishing.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2019-07-20 
Link
Link: https://www.franklinsites.com/hikephotos 
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