|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Mt. Whiteface, East Sleeper, NH|
||Blueberry Ledge Trail, Rollins Trail, Kate Sleeper Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Sunday, January 19, 2020|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Roads in were plowed. Lot was NOT plowed when we arrived at 8:30 a.m. There was about 7" of new snowfall overnight so it helped that we all had SUVs or a truck to pull in. Lot was plowed when we returned. |
||Ice - Blue, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular |
|Water Crossing Notes:
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||Few (3 o 4?)blowdowns on Kate Sleeper trail toward East Sleeper. Could navigate under or around but will be tricky if the snow pack gets higher. |
||Ledges make this route challenging for dogs. We had one with us who managed to make it through with some coaching and catching but would not recommend. |
|Lost and Found:
||Though the lot was not plowed by 8:30am, we parked 3 high clearance cars in the first spaces. Another car rolled in after us but if you don't have AWD, I would not recommend an early start after a big snow.|
There were two bare booters ahead of us but otherwise the trails needed to be broken. Snow seems about 8-10" deep thanks to added snow drift. We used alpine snowshoes (with lifts and claw traction) the entire way. There are about 4 good size ledges to navigate. With the snow pack on top of rock, it can be a challenge not to slide. One ledge is about 4-4.5" high so getting boosted up by a hiking partner can be a help! Not sure how a solo hiker could manage. May consider bringing a short rope. We used a gps app to find the trail when needed as wilderness trails seem to have less trail markers along the way. Came down in the dark but at least past the ledges so it was fine. Wind gusts were blocked by the trees. Good news is that if you take this route this week, it's now packed down until the next big snow!
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.