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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Mt. Passaconaway, Mt. Whiteface, East Sleeper, NH
Trails
Trails: Dicey's Mill, Rollins Trail, Kate Sleeper Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Friday, March 5, 2021
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Parking lot and Ferncroft Road is a sheet of ice; not a problem if driving slow. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Snow - Drifts, Snow/Ice - Postholes 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Not fully bridged on Dicey's Mill Trail, but easy to cross 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes:  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs
Bugs:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: An out-and-back to East Sleeper, to avoid the icy part of Blueberry Ledges, though I ran into one hiker who came up them with microspikes and said they weren't too bad. I used microspikes till the water crossing on Dicey's Mill, then snowshoes for the remainder of the hike. The final half mile to Passaconaway has some deep but avoidable postholes. There's 2 bypasses on the Rollins Trail that avoid going near tricky dropoff sections, one is marked with pink tape by the WODC. Though Kate Sleeper Trail had been broke out earlier this week, it was drifted in again, 2-5 inches, though you could still see the soft indent of the trough. The summit of East Sleeper and part of the spur trail has been obliterated by a tangle of blowdowns, and what is still standing is encased in ice that was dropping ice bombs around me in the winds. The summit sign is still easy to find via small bushwhack. On my return trip, the Downes Brook Trail had been freshly broken out by 2 guys in snowshoes. They were headed to Passaconaway, so Rollins Trail has been nicely smoothed out now.  
Name
Name: twinkle toes 
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Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2021-03-05 
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