Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks North Twin Mountain, South Twin Mountain, NH
Trails: North Twin Trail, herd path, North Twin Spur
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Wednesday, July 7, 2021
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: The normal parking spaces were full on Wednesday when I got there between 10:45 and 11am. When it overflows, people just parallel park on either side of the bridge. The road in can be bumpy at times but seemed to be in better shape than I remember it last time...maybe some work was done? Plenty of open spots when I returned at 4pm. 
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: The first crossing of the Little River didn’t look readily rock hopable so I took the herd path to avoid the first two crossings. In coming to the third crossings, it didn’t look immediately rock hopable either but I saw a large branch someone put down to help you across and headed down that way. Right by this log but obscured by some boulders when you first come to the crossing, were a set of rocks which made the crossing readily rock hopable :) The branch isn’t particular well situated anyway. Given today’s and yesterday’s rain, conditions may have changed but the town of Twin Mtn appears to have only gotten about 0.5in of rain on the past 24hrs so I really wouldn’t worry about these crossings. They may be a wade in the coming days but o highly doubt they’ll be anything close to dangerous.  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: North Twin Trail is blazed in yellow. North Twin Spur is blazed in blue. Neither are blazed that frequently but are well travelled and easy to follow. The herd path is not blazed but also well trodden so pretty easy to follow especially if you aren’t new to this. There are a few spots where there’s a few different paths you can take but they pretty much all lead to the same thing expect one that leads to washout. There were two PITA blowdowns on this herdpath this winter but one has since been taken care of. The other one remains as more of a widowmaker or duck under if you’re tall. I don’t recall any blowdowns on the actual trails but that doesn’t say much as this was a few days ago now...I think there was evidence of blowdown work though so thank you to whomever did it :)  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Saw one or two out. It could be too long and steep a hike for some dogs but there aren’t many scrambles and there is some water down low.  
Bugs: None 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: I believe I may have left two hiking poles in the lot. When I returned after my second hike of the day to look for them, I did not see them. If someone took them, and wouldn’t mind kindly returning them, that would be appreciated :) I picked up a red bandana on the summit of South Twin.  
Comments: First hike of the day and first two grid peaks for the month :) 2/26 done for the month. 11.2mi done in 4hr59min. I believe it was in the mid-60s both when I started and finished the hike. Pretty humid day though stil meant a profuse amount of sweat...ugh.

The trail was mostly dry with a very average amount of mud on the ascent but there were some places of much seller, wet, and prolonged mud on the ridge between the two peaks, mainly on the flat section near the final ascent of South Twin. I was in trail runners so definitely chose my steps carefully although I don’t think you’d want to step in some of that mud even if you were in boots. Enough rocks and such we’re sticking up to not get your feet wet but I still made a mistake and ducked a foot once.

A number of people out but not too busy. Nice to stop and chat with Brian for awhile :) On an unrelated note, if anyone knows where the long abandoned North Twin Loop Trail hops of the ridge a short distance north of the summit of North Twin and is willing to provide intel, please let me know ;)  
Name: Liam Cooney 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2021-07-09 
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