Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Moriah, NH
Trails: Stony Brook Trail, Carter Moriah Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, November 30, 2019
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Room for a dozen or so cars on the lot just off Rt 16. I was car #5 at 9am.  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Ice - Blue, Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow - Drifts, Snow - Wet/Sticky 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: larger one is not yet frozen/bridged over, but is rock hoppable. That said, I was using spikes at the crossing and don't think snowshoes would have worked very well since the footing is still somewhat tenuous. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes:  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Met a saint bernard up on the C-M ledges ... in his element! 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: TL;DR - plenty of snow up here! Bring your snowshoes!

Out/back to Moriah summit via Stony Brook Tr to Carter-Moriah Tr (AT). The Stony Brook Tr was roughly 1/3 hard & fast bootpacked, then 1/3 bootpacked with some wet/slushy spots due to the unfrozen runoff that crosses the trail (beware of snow balling on spikes & snowshoes), then 1/3 less broken deep powder. I wore spikes from car to the top 1/3rd of SB Tr, then switched to snowshoes for the upper section and the entirety of the C-M section to the Moriah summit. Some tricky sections with unpacked snow took some effort ... there's at least 24" of snow already in the upper elevations, which made snowshoes a near necessity. I did see one barebooter who postholed up the trail, but the rest of the day's hikers were all on snowshoes. Also, just an observation - someone wrote in the snow (with their poles) "motherhood sucks" - a less commonly seen aphorism, so I thought it was worth mentioning. ;)  
Name: Eric H 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2019-11-30 
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