|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Baker's Ledge, Gage Hill, NH|
||Link Trail, Lincoln Trail, Baker's Ledge Spur, bushwhack, snowmobile trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Friday, March 27, 2020|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Roadside at the Link Trail trailhead on Kearsarge Valley Rd. in Sutton. |
||Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Mud - Significant, Snow - Spring Snow, Slush |
|Water Crossing Notes:
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||Link Trail has been heavily impacted by the logging operation which took place in 2018/2019, but the route is well marked with SRKG blazes. There is also some flooding right at the start to work around. A few minor blowdowns are scattered along this route, but in the col between the bump where Baker's Ledge is and the next bump to the northeast, there are two large trees down, one of which will need a chainsaw. Both look like they've been there for a while. |
||I guess. |
||A few. |
|Lost and Found:
||Hiking local ... Some close-to-home exploration along the lower southwest slopes of Mt. Kearsarge, both on-trail and off, before staying *really* local for a while. Still some snow around at higher elevations, but only an inch or two. Otherwise things are muddy, dry or wet -- typical spring stuff.|
I ascended Lincoln Trail then took the spur to Baker's Ledge, where the flag is flying. I continued toward Kearsarge but only to the next bump, where I turned around.
Back at the snowmobile bridge along Lincoln Trail, I headed off toward Gage Hill, hitting somewhat gnarly and tight logging regrowth before the woods opened up nicely. I first went to the NE summit bump where there are two sub-bumps which are uplifted ledge areas. It was a toss-up. There are two other bumps on the top of the hill which could be high point contenders, but I didn't have the oomph today to visit them. I headed over to the lowest summit bump shown on the USGS, which a snowmobile trail crosses. This led me right back down to Lincoln Trail.
Be safe and stay healthy, y'all!
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.