|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||North Tripyramid, Middle Triypyramid, Mt. Whiteface, Mt. Passaconaway, NH|
||Pine Bend Brook Trail, Mt. Tripyramid Trail, Kate Sleeper Trail, Rollins Trail, Diceys Mill Trail, Square Ledge Trail, Passaconaway Cutoff, Oliverian Brook Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Thursday, February 6, 2020|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Fine parking at Pine Bend Brook Trailhead. Plows pushed so much snow away that we could park with almost 2’ between our car and the white line. |
||Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Ice - Breakable Crust |
||Snowshoes, Light Traction |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||Crossing Olivarian Brook could have been quite dicey without poles. |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
|Lost and Found:
|| We did North and Middle Tripyramid on Wednesday, spent the night just past East Sleeper. Thursday we knocked off Whiteface and Passaconaway then hiked back to NH 112.|
Trail well packed down to the N and M Tripyramid summits. We did fine in microspikes. Coming down from Tripyramid South Peak you run into an open slide area. Treacherous downhill terrain with snow-covered water ice. Keep a sharp lookout for the Mt Tripyramid Trail /Kate Sleeper Trail junction, which is part way down the slide area. Keep to the left side of the opening or you will miss it as we did.
Kate Sleeper trail far less packed down so we put on snowshoes just past the junction. About 10 minutes later you hit another open slide area. Again, stick to the left hand side to be able to spot where the Kate Sleeper goes into the woods near the bottom of the opening—there is an almost-entirely-washed-away blue blaze on a small pine there. We had 2-3” of snow when we awoke Thursday morning so I expect these parts of the Kate Sleeper trail will remain hard to spot.
We wore snowshoes until Passaconaway summit then changed back to microspikes. Our butt sleds came in handy in descending.
We got a late start Thursday morning because we did not convert enough snow to water the night before. So we did not arrive at the Oliverian Brook trailhead until 2005. We dropped our packs and hoped to hitch back to our car, but only two westbound vehicles came by and neither stopped. So we polished off any exercise deficiency with a 3.4 mile road march.
||Marshall Hoyler |
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.