Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Moosilauke , NH
Trails: Benton Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, September 1, 2019
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: At the blocked off abandoned Tunnel Brook Road there is room for a dozen cars or so 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Tunnel Brook Crossing was easy, water was super low. There are a couple of trees down on the west bank but the crossing is well blazed if you keep your eyes open. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Besides the large downed trees at the brook crossing there is a giant pine tree across the trail just up from the brook and before the crossing of the new forest road. Its been there awhile and not too difficult to climb over. Trail is still in good condition but water bars that still exist need a good cleaning. The grass and weeds along the herd path on the abandoned Tunnel Brook Road are getting thick. I learned from some neighbors that the Forest Road 171 spur south is the nice new forest road that crosses on the trail on the east side of Tunnel Brook--this could be a nice bypass during high water. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Very dry after the Tunnel Brook crossing. The unreliable spring at 2.2 miles was bone dry.  
Bugs: none, it was breezy 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Gosh this used to be my go to trail but I haven't been on it in two years. Crazy how fast Mother Nature reclaims an abandoned road. The trail has a well worn foot bed and there are two log bridges over washed out drainages jumps into the woods on the west side of the old road. The view ledge with the fabulous views north and deep into Tunnel Ravine is a fine place to hang out, the sound of the brook was quite faint this time. On the way up I met just five people coming down. The summit of Moosilauke was mobbed I walked to the summit and then immediately left. I ate my sandwich on the north end of the summit ridge just above tree line.  
Name: Nordic Gal 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2019-09-02 
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