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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Mt. Kearsarge, NH
Trails
Trails: Winslow Trail, Barlow Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Friday, June 11, 2021
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Used NH State Parks online reservation system to pay for parking ($4 plus $1 processing fee), probably could have saved a dollar by paying at the toll house. Parking was plentiful on this early Friday afternoon hike and attendant was quite pleasant. Parking seems ample, but could see it filling on weekends and holidays. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Wooden bridge over. Dry yesterday, though the night's rain may have changed that status. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Trail was in good condition, easily followed and is well maintained. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Very dog-friendly and trails are very dog-navigable. Had my two (Bueller and Sherman) with me and they loved the place. We met only one other dog on the trail and then saw one in the park area on our way out. 
Bugs
Bugs: Minor mosquitoes, not bad enough that I ever wanted to don a head-net. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: Nope. 
 
Comments
Comments: Loved going up Winslow, with 1100' of elevation gain in one mile you know that you're hiking up a mountain. Tons of rock slabs and ledge. Great trail with some great views, thought not always panoramic. We had a light wind at the summit, 360 degree views were through a haze but you could still see the ranges in the distance. This one is on the 52 With a View list for a reason. Coming down the 1.7 mile long Barlow was a breeze. Though roots and rocks abound, the more gradual descent was appreciated.

Met super nice folks near and at the summit, but had both trails to myself on the bottom 3/4 of the mountain. It was a good mix.

Removed a couple of small pieces of trash, but after that, it was a just nature, footprints and fellow hikers.

Winslow State Park is a nice little place, a multi-use park, there was a bus load of elementary school kids enjoying the playground near the trailhead and four or five parties at the summit. We were all enjoying an overcast but pleasant afternoon.

 
Name
Name: JohnB 
E-Mail
E-Mail: barney.johnr@gmail.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2021-06-12 
Link
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