Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Howe Peak, Shelburne Moriah Mountain, NH
Trails: Shelburne Trail, bushwhack, Kenduskeag Trail, Rattle River Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, August 24, 2019
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: plenty of parking at the Rattle River trailhead where we spotted a car and room for 4-5 cars at the end of Conner Rd at the Shelburne trail head. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Mud - Significant 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: all hopped easily 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: no visible blazes on Shelburne, but footbed easily followed. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: terrain was fine, but not a lot of easily accessible water. 
Bugs: hungry mosquitos down low 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: there was a blue/grey ll bean sock hanging from a branch on the abandoned portion of the Kenduskeag trail, but I didn't pick it up. 
Comments: the first two miles of shelburne trail follow the very grassy fire road, but didn't pick up any ticks. In the col before the junction with Kenduskeag tr we took a bearing and headed for Howe Peak. Woods were a little thick with small spruce but thinned out the higher we climbed. Popped out onto the abandoned portion of the trail where the ledges start and were able to follow the cairns to the summit. Saw a few familiar names in the summit register. Last entry was about a month ago. Nice views, it's too bad this section of trail has fallen into disuse.
We followed the old trail back down as far as we could and then it suddenly seemed to completely disappear. Got back on Shelburne almost exactly where we left it and then continued on to Kenduskeag to junction with RR and down. Plan was to also tag Moriah, but was running behind schedule. Didn't see another single hiker the entire day, which was surprising considering RR is also the AT. Even the shelter was empty at 4:30 in the afternoon. A great day and a fun adventure.  
Name: hnd 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2019-08-25 
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