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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Mt. Whiteface, Mt. Passaconaway, NH
Trails
Trails: Downes Brook Trail, Kate Sleeper Trail, Rollins Trail, Dicey Mills Trail, Walden Trail, Passaconaway Cutoff Trail, Square Ledge Trail, Oliverian Brook Trail, Oliverian Brook XC Ski Trails
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, March 14, 2021
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Four cars at Downes at the start, two at the finish 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow - Drifts, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable), Snow - Wet/Sticky, Snow/Ice - Postholes 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: The ten or so on Downes are all hoppable or bridged, with snowshoes 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: The top half mile or so of Downes could greatly benefit from an overzealous team of ax weilders. The winter has not been kind. Aside from that, along all trails listed hand saw spring cleanup will take care of what's left 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: No doggoes seen today, but did get word that Patches (and their human Tictac Man) finished their W48! Welcome to the club! Who's a good boy?! 
Bugs
Bugs: Noted more snowfleas, and not the two legged version 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: Nothing lost, a good time found 
 
Comments
Comments: A FINE day in the forest for sure! A truly no nonsense day. I got to wear my favorite mascara - frozen lashes. The four of us had the idea of looping this trip with the abandoned Downes Brook Slide Trail, but the weather firmly said 'NOT TODAY.' We rode Hockeypuck's tracks for a while until he had turned back. We offered him to ride our tail and see if we couldn't find the trail. Trail was lost about 1/4 mile from the slides, we were very low in the drainage for a while. I ended up going up the right side and found the trailbed about 150 feet from us following a loose game path. From this point, the trail proper is broke. Happy to see you got Eastie for winter 100! We broke out Kate Sleeper to Rollins, which as mentioned in prior reports was solid. Dicey was like concrete. Waldens, oh walden's, was a post holed disaster. Lots of rolled ankles. We broke out Pass cutoff to the area of square ledge, not saying much as the wind and snow where whiteout multiple times (sub 50ft views, even down low). Pass Cutoff from Square Ledge to O Brook is also a post holed disaster. There is a razor thin, barely single track, firm bed. Oliverian Brook looked like there where a few MMA fights in snowshoes with the snowshoe tracks off trail, more or less the same as the cutoff. Took the ski trails back over to Downes and those were mostly decent.  
Name
Name: The Teal Goat, Skittles, Sidehill, Poptart 
E-Mail
E-Mail: sea2thebiscuit@yahoo.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2021-03-14 
Link
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