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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Mt. Whiteface, NH
Trails
Trails: Downes Brook Trail, Kate Sleeper Trail, Rollins Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, September 26, 2020
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Overflowing at 9:30am. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Water levels very low. Care is still needed at a few spots....the 5th crossing ascending seems to have lots of rounded, slippery rocks. This is not a trail for those who dread rock hopping! 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Trail was in great shape, thanks to those who have cleared so many blowdowns over the years. Many stepovers....this is mostly in the Sandwich Wilderness, after all. Near the 10th crossing, the trail is very rough, and there is evidence of extensive blowdowns. Signs are intact at junctions, but very faded. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Very pup friendly....ten stream crossings. Didn't notice any water on Kate Sleeper or Rollins. See "Lost n found." 
Bugs
Bugs: Minimal 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: A brown dog with a bright green backpack! The runaway dog's owners hadn't broken camp, so were unable to mount a full scale search until their dog was ~1/2 hr. down the trail, returning on its own to the lot. Cell phone numbers were exchanged, and a plan was made....likely successful. Another lost item was a small triangular pack, bright blue, perhaps for dog treats. There were still dog(s) up there when we descended, so we left it there, near the 1st or 2nd crossing. 
 
Comments
Comments: Peak colors occurring early this year. Time to hike!! A great, low water day for this long, gradual, little used approach to Whiteface. I'd done Blueberry Ledges on my 1st round of the 48, and wanted something easier, by my standards. My wife now has 36 of 48!
Very hazy views south at the top, but comfortable weather to hang out. Maybe a dozen folks at the ledges; also a group of 5 or so at the true summit (marked w a cairn). Only 6 people seen on Downes Brook Tr. on the way up. On the way down, the only other hikers were Phil and his support team! He expected to finish the FKT for White Mountain Redlining, today, Sept. 27, with a mere 20 miles in the Presis. CONGRATUALTIONS, Phil!!!  
Name
Name: D. Hart 
E-Mail
E-Mail: Dhart222222@yahoo.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2020-09-27 
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