Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Shelburne Moriah Mountain, NH
Trails: Rattle River Trail, Kenduskeag Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, June 7, 2020
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Plenty of space. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Mud - Significant, Snow/Ice - Small Patches 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: All were very easy (one or two short rock hops each). 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Rattle River trail is generally in good shape. Kenduseag trail needs brushing, rebuilding of cairns and additional bog bridges over muddy areas. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: I saw almost as many dogs (2) as people (3) on the trails. 
Bugs: Moderate number of mosquitoes in the parking lot. Low number of bugs on trail. At the summit it was too cool and windy for black flies. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Rattle River trail was mostly dry until the last half mile where it was wet. The last 200 yards of Rattle had avoidable snow and unavoidable mud.

Kenduseag was very muddy. It took a long time to reach the summit from the junction with Rattle due to time lost trying to avoid mud without trashing moss and other plants trail-side. I was fooled once by a false peak on the way.

Kenduseag trail is narrow and branches encroach on it almost everywhere below treeline. It's easy to follow now, though, because the path is well beaten into the ground. In the Winter it would require skill to follow the trail over unbroken snow. There are no blazes above ground below the Krummholz zone and even there the cairns are sparse and often very low to the ground. For the return trip I decided to don gaiters and step through the mud. I did less damage to the trail that way, but once I sunk almost to the knees. It was like being in a spruce trap.  
Name: Al S 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2020-06-08 
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