|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Russell Mountain - East Peak, Russell Mountain - West Peak, NH|
|Date of Hike:
||Monday, July 6, 2020|
|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. |
||Dry Trail |
|Water Crossing Notes:
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||Some deer flies but not enough to drive you nuts. |
|Lost and Found:
||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|
Returned to the col and then to the parking area on pretty much the same track.
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.