Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks North Twin Mountain, South Twin Mountain, NH
Trails: North Twin Trail, herd path, North Twin Spur
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Wednesday, September 9, 2020
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Main parking was full at 11pm, I was first to park beyond the bridge. 5 cars left when I returned at 10:15pm. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: 3rd crossing was fairly easy rock hop. Bypassed the other 2 crossings using the herd path. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Found the blowdown area in between North and South Twin, mentioned in reports from Jack from Littleton, and WAUMBEK (thanks, guys!). Looks like someone had already cut as much out as they could with a hand saw (thanks, that helped a lot), leaving only an 8" ax-worthy and a 10" ax-worthy blocking the trail. Chopped them out, each required chopping thru 3X, to get the pieces small enough to move off trail. Although it was a pleasure to sink my ax into some softwood for a change! I also took out the couple leaners in the col, the ones that would be a duckunder problem later with snowpack on the ground. There is still the yellow birch mess at the start of the trail, I'll return and clear that in the next few days. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs: I ended up spraying with Deet30 while working after my head started itching and I realized there really was something biting me up there. Looked like voracious miniature mosquitoes. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: The heat slowed me down some, also the footing in the 3/4 mile stretch before the switchbacks. As mentioned in prior reports, there are loose stones galore in this area. They range from 3" to 6-7", and there's a tendency to step on the corner of them and have them roll or pop out from under foot. Easy to turn an ankle. The other thing that happens is you catch the top of one with your passing foot and it sneakily rolls up under your foot as you step down.
Some good footing in random spots, other areas rocky or rooty. Couple wet areas, couple mud pits, no big deal.
Spur to South Twin has new blue florescent looking blazes. Must be a winter hiker, guy went to some trouble to paint the blazes nice and high up on the trees. Good thinking!!
Great views off the North Twin outlook and South Twin! Made my day to see that again.  
Name: Steve Marion 
E-Mail: swampfoxsteve@gmail 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2020-09-09 
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