|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Shelburne Moriah Mountain, NH|
||Shelburne Trail, Kenduskeag Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Saturday, July 4, 2020|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||There's room for 4-5 cars to part at the gate on FR95. The fire road is a little rough in places, but we had no trouble driving to the gate in our car. There were two other cars parked at the gate when we arrived mid-morning, one when we returned in the afternoon. |
||Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Mud - Significant |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||Aside from numerous step overs, there were five or so stream crossings on Shelburne Trail that required very doable rock hopping. |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||Numerous blow downs along the way, all walk-arounds on the logging road section of Shelburne Trail and step overs or duck unders in the woods. |
||There were dog ticks in the grass on the logging road plus many mosquitoes looking for a meal along the way. Slight breeze at the summit kept the mosquitoes under control during lunch. |
|Lost and Found:
||Encountered many ruffed grouse along the logging road section of Shelburne Trail. One of the hens put on quite the display while her chicks ran into the woods.|
As far as trails go: there is a sign on the logging road indicating Shelburne Trail proceeds straight when a snowmobile trail veers off on the right at ~1.9m, and another sign (arrow) indicating the trail veers left, off the logging road, up the hill and into the woods at ~2.0m.
Once in the woods, Shelburne Trail is a bit rough, wet and rather muddy in places. Kenduskeag Trail undulates up and down over series of granite knobs- think Pumpelly Trail on Monadnock, but more so- and is definitely more challenging than the topo map leads one to believe. The boardwalks near the summit were in good shape. There are some muddy spots on Kenduskeag Trail, but it was nowhere near as bad as we feared it might be after all the rain earlier in the week.
The views from the top of Shelburne Moriah were amazing. This is a definitely a hike to do on a nice weather day!
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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.