Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Howe Peak, Shelburne Moriah Mountain, NH
Trails: FR95, Shelburne Trail, bushwhack, Kenduskeag Trail, Rattle River Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, October 3, 2020
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Spaces available at Rattle River TH @ 7:15 AM when I dropped off my bike. I parked at the base of FR95 @ 7:30 where mine was the only vehicle. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Leaves - Significant/Slippery 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: No problems with the crossings on Rattle River Trail. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: I didn't notice many blazes on Shelburne Trail but the foot path is obvious. On Rattle River Trail there are a couple of large trees down at ~ 1860', another ~ 1740' and a nasty entanglement ~ 1460'. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: I saw one heading up on the W side of Kenduskeag Trail. Hopefully it did not struggle with the footing - more on that below. 
Bugs: None. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: Nothing. 
Comments: I started from the base of FR95 since I spotted a bike and figured it would make for a warm up at the beginning and a quick departure at the end. Once onto the footpath portion of Shelburne Trail the elevation gain increases up to the junction of Kenduskeag Trail. This is where I began my whack to Howe Peak where I encountered about an equal amount thick-ish and open-ish woods up to the summit. Once there I found it odd that the notebook cover indicates a 3000' register with a peak elevation of 2966' (?) Anyhow there were some nice views from a couple of outcrops around the summit area since the clouds were higher up. On the whack back I encountered more thick-ish woods than on my ascent but ended up maybe 100' from my launch point.

Keduskeag Trail is a roller coaster with many ups and downs on each side of Shelburne Moriah but the nice open areas are usually worth it - but today the ridge was in the clouds with zero visibility at the summit. As I descended I was thinking: for people hiking 52WAV shouldn't there actually be a 'view' for a peak to count? ;) The bog planks on Kenduskeag Trail are *VERY* slippery as are the rock steps high up on the Rattle River Trail - leaves down do not help either. I took two diggers on the planks along with a couple of other near falls. This made for a very taxing descent until ~ 2000' where Rattle River Trail is an easy walk out. At the trailhead I unlocked my bike and had an easy ride on Route 2 (nearly all flat and downhill) back to my car @ FR95.

I only encountered about a dozen people all day and most of them were coming up the Rattle River side as I was going down - so a pretty quiet day which is just what I wanted.

Name: HMJ 
E-Mail: trailsntrees(at)gmail(dot)com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2020-10-04 
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