Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Starr King, Mt. Waumbek, NH
Trails: Starr King Road, Starr King Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, May 23, 2020
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Starr King trailhead parking lot closed when we arrived by was opened sometime while we were on the mountain. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable), Mud - Significant, Snow - Spring Snow, Snow/Ice - Postholes 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: None significant 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes:  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: A few leashed dogs. 
Bugs: Black flies in the hardwood section 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: At the trailhead someone had left a pair of glasses, a had, and a single microspike. Can't remember if they were still there when we go back down. 
Comments: Mostly dry trail until up where the hardwood forest transitions to softwood. Lots of beautiful wildflowers in that section. Some mud and patchy monorail at first, but it became more consistent. The monorail up to Starr King was pretty much solid ice. While possible to do bare booted (my hiking partner did it), I found wearing traction was really helpful, especially as temperatures warmed up and there started being a thin layer of water on top of the ice. Between Starr King and Waumbek the monorail was still stable but thin at parts and very easy to accidentally step off and post hole. It was a warm day though and we were there in the morning, so things may have gotten softer. We were the first ones there around 6:30, but by the time we were headed down a fair number of hikers were on their way up.

Saw a lot of hikers in shorts and talked to a few who said they didn't have microspikes. It was warm for the whole hike, but due to the slipperiness and the snow I would definitely recommend long pants and bringing traction.  
Name: seeksuchmadness 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2020-05-23 
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