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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Russell Mountain - East Peak, Russell Mountain - West Peak, NH
Trails
Trails: Bushwhack
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Monday, July 6, 2020
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Parked at the end of the 'B' camping area in the Forest Service Russell Pond Recreation area. THere was room for my vehicle today but during high camping there may not be room here. Extra parking is available about .3 miles back down the road. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: None 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes:  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs
Bugs: Some deer flies but not enough to drive you nuts. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: Entered the woods between campsites B7 and B8 heading in the general direction of the col b/t the East and West peaks. Wanting to head for East peak first I let the terrain dictate when to leave the direction toward the col and head more easterly to the ridge . Woods were mostly open although fairly steep until getting on the ridge. Passed over some sub-bumps but it was easy to see that they were not the HOL so I proceeded until finding the true summit. After signing in I retraced steps toward the col staying more northerly to avoid a little wet area. From the col I headed on a straight heading toward West and as the ridge leveled out the woods began to be scrappy and contained many old blowdowns on several bumps enroute to the most westerly and the HOL. Several cable artifacts left on the summit from the old tower built by the CCC. There hs not been any evidence that the tower was ever used for fire detection
https://www.firelookout.org/lookouts/nh/russel.htm
Returned to the col and then to the parking area on pretty much the same track.  
Name
Name: FranM 
E-Mail
E-Mail: maineri@metrocast.net 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2020-07-06 
Link
Link: http:// 
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