Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Surprise, Mt. Moriah, NH
Trails: Carter-Moriah Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, December 26, 2020
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Trail comes out of a residential area. I parked at the very end where several other cars were parked. If this area is full, I'd go back up the street and park at the dirt lot that is up there. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Ice - Black, Wet Trail, Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Significant 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: N/A 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: A couple of downed trees but nothing not you can't go under or over.  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: N/A 
Bugs: None. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: N/A 
Comments: Started at 10AM and temps were around 27F.

I ticked a lot of trail conditions boxes only because things run the gamut. At the beginning it is a mix of dry trail and wet trail - the wet sections are VERY muddy. A little before Mt. Surprise you start to encounter the black ice on the rocks. Once you get past Mt. Surprise the slabs are COVERED in black ice - be careful! We didn't use microspikes on this section on the way up (we hugged the edge with the trees), but we did use them on the way down. Once we got past the slabby section, the snow began. It is pretty packed down, but you need microspikes (and heard from others that is pretty much where everyone put them on for the day). The packed snow continues on and off - try to stay to the center - the sides are soft and you will go through the snow and into water. We used microspikes all the way to the summit. Summit was windy and cold but beautiful 360* views!

We then kept our microspikes on and used them down until we got past the rocks with black ice below Mt. Surprise. Then we took them off and the trail was once again a mix of dry and wet (wet was mud + mud that was starting to freeze + some patches of black ice).

Overall, great day in the mountains!  
Name: Katherine 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2020-12-27 
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