|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Mt. Surprise, Mt. Moriah, NH|
||Carter Moriah Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Saturday, July 20, 2019|
|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. |
||Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Mud - Significant |
|Water Crossing 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. |
||Occasional mosquitoes, but generally minimal. |
|Lost and Found:
||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.
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.