Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Surprise, Mt. Moriah (attempt), NH
Trails: Carter-Moriah Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Friday, July 17, 2020
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: The end of road parking area near the TH was full, and the next parking lot back toward the highway was almost full.  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Mud - Minor/Avoidable 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: No issues 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Chopped out the big blowdown between Mt.Surprise and the ledges. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs: I had some brief encounters with mosquitoes, but it was likely only from flipping over leaves and old wood, as I worked to get the ax-severed trunk of the blowdown off the trail. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Thanks to Simon for mentioning the blowdown in his report yesterday, and good directions as to where it was located. I still have infected shoulder blisters, so I was able to figure out I only needed to go in about 2 miles, and only needed a small day pack and a couple liters of water. I carried the pack in front of me on my chest, so the straps would go over a different part of my shoulders. Hey, you know, if Lib Bates, in ill health, could devise a pack with two oxygen bottles on it, so she could spend the last year of her life hiking, while in her eighties, I sure as hell ain't gonna let a couple blisters stop me!!
On the way back I met a trio of young distance runners, who truly radiated awesome enthusiastic attitudes, and even offered to help me with trail maintenance. What a treat to be around such happy young souls.
Name: Steve Marion 
E-Mail: swampfoxsteve@gmail 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2020-07-17 
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