Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Starr King, Mt. Waumbek, NH
Trails: Starr King Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Thursday, October 15, 2020
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Arrived at the lot at 3:15pm to a couple other cars there. Plenty of room. I was the last one put around 6:15pm.  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Mud - Significant 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: None 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: The trail is blazed in yellow. Some fresh, and some old. I don’t recall how often but the trail was easy to follow. The leaves have obscured the foot bed some down low though they aren’t too prolific. No blowdowns that I recall. All signs intact at trailhead and summit.  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: This would be a fine trail for most dogs. Not much water though so I’d bring lots.  
Bugs: Saw some large, unknown flying insect on me for a split second before it flew away and I lost it..,I wonder what it was!  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: None 
Comments: A nice little post-work hike to grab #14/48 for my October grid. And what a beautiful evening to do it. Nice temps and a clear, sunny sky. Got some nice glimpse of the sunset through the trees on my way back too :) I was surprised at how much I could feel the wind even below treeline on the sheltered ridge.

The trail dried out pretty nicely today and yesterday given all the rain before that. I expected it to be much wetter. The trail was mostly dry with the occasional wet spot. Some wet rock but nothing that felt slippery. Very little mud until you get near the summit of Starr King. Obviously there was a lot more mud along the ridge but it was mostly pretty shallow and, with a few exceptions, could stick my trail runner in it without getting my foot soaked. I finally noticed the true summit of Starr King too off to the right on your ascent (just before you *think* you come to the high point) recognized by a cairn.

Completed the hike in 2hr50min. I was surprised to see as many people as I did out. I think 8 in total, including myself.  
Name: Liam Cooney 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2020-10-15 
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