|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Mt. Surprise, Mt. Moriah, NH|
|Date of Hike:
||Sunday, June 14, 2020|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Bangor Street slots were taken by late morning. Unfortunately an out of stater parked where they're not supposed to.
Heading down 16 later this morning, Nineteen Mile Brook was full, Wildcat ski area lot was open (only a few vehicles), and AMC Pinkham had a lot of vehicles but was not overflowing. |
||Dry Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Mud - Significant |
|Water Crossing Notes:
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||Three blowdowns, two of them large, before Mt. Surprise. At least one more sizable one by the big boulder above the ledges that is causing a herd path.
Lots of unmitigated erosion and trail creep on the upper half of the trail. |
|Lost and Found:
||Trail was generally dry with some mud in the usual places and some wet ledge up high. The mud bug above the ledges was passable on the submerged bog bridge today. No snow or ice on the trail, but a couple of small patches were still visible in the woods in a few of the upper cols.|
There has been logging on the past year along perhaps half a mile of trail below Mt. Surprise. Only one logging road crossing, and one section with logging on both sides of the trail (closest stump was perhaps 5 feet from the trail). Not a clear cut, but it brings a lot of sun onto the trail and provides some views. If there's enough snow, the northern cuts could provide a nice backcountry ski opportunity next winter.
Lots of destruction from poorly equipped shoulder season hikers and folks socially distancing off the treadway; trail creep and herd paths are causing permanent damage in places. Also observed more of the bagged dog poop left behind.
Decent morning weather with occasional sun and nice air (high Presis in the clouds though).
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.