Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Peak Above the Nubble, NH
Trails: Herd path
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Wednesday, September 16, 2020
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Just me today, parked by the three big rocks 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Very dry, no discerable crossings. Herd path ascends a gully for a while, tho 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes:  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: No water anywhere. Otherwise, seems pup friendly. I saw what I hope were some paw prints from last week. 
Bugs: A few. Beware of a very noisy hornet or wasp thing at the summit. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: The herd path is distinct all the way up.  So much that the top layer of needles has been worn thru in many places, exposing what must be ash from a fire decades ago.  Since this is not a wilderness area, could a regular trail be laid out before the herd path erodes into gullies?

Perfectly clear skies gave a great view of Washington to the left of Hale from both outlooks. Also the Sugarloaves, Cherry Mountain, and the Little River Valley all the way up to Zealand.  The slides on N. Twin were impressive. Most of the braided paths are not confusing: they are either blocked off with branches, or the main path shows obvious trail sign.  (According to the register, it seems it's hiked ~weekly in the summer.) Still, there are at least two potentially confusing spots, especially downhill.  There is a trail to the left (descending) about halfway between the Nubble and the Peak.  And, near the Nubble, there is what might be an abandoned trail.  This braiding and the chance for confusion is why hikers should still be fully equipped for bushwacking....baseplate compass, map, and experience using them. If either of these is an old, abandoned trail(and I think one of them is), you could take it by mistake and end up far from your car! Most of the herd path is on AllTrails, with pretty much a straight line between the one gap. But what if your battery runs out unexpectly? End of my "good advice".....I'm thankful it was such a perfect day for a hike!!  
Name: Darrell Hart  
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2020-09-16 
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