|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Mt. Chocorua, Mt. Paugus, NH|
||Brook Trail, Beeline Trail, Old Paugus Trail, Beeline Cutoff, Bolles Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Sunday, August 11, 2019|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||There were a handful of cars in Paugus Mill parking lot at ~8:30am with room for maybe a dozen more. There were a couple of spots open at 2:30pm. |
||Dry Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||Streams were all easy to cross - nice rock and tree bridges across streams, brooks, and boggy spot on Beeline Trail. |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||On Brook Trail, some people are veering right before the last brook crossing on the way up, starting a short herd path up the wrong side of the brook. Cairns or blazes might help?
There are a number of older blow downs on Beeline (Paugus-side), all easy to step over or duck under except a new blowdown above the last stream crossing, just before trail gets steep (at ~2100'), that fell with tree canopy in the trail.
To the people who maintain these trails: thank you! |
||Some pesky Mosquitoes in Paugus Mill parking lot and on the lower elevations of Mt Chocorua and Mt Paugus |
|Lost and Found:
||Great views from the ledges on Brook Trail, an awesome way up Chocorua on a dry day. Would avoid Brook Trail when wet unless you have experience and shoes/boots that grip well on wet rocks.|
Went back down Brook Trail to take Beeline to Mt Paugus. Beeline Trail is in excellent condition between Brook and Bolles Trails. There are a few muddy spots on Beeline between Bolles Trail and Old Paugus Trail, some moose droppings, and the previously mentioned blowdown. The ascent up Paugus is steep! If Beeline were used more to/from Mt Paugus, erosion could be a problem on that stretch of trail. As it is, it's still a mostly dirt trail, kind of unusual in the Whites.
Beeline Cutoff and Bolles Trail to the parking lot are both very nice, could recommend for a stroll in the woods when Paugus Brook is low enough to cross on the stepping stones.
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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.