Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Whiteface, NH
Trails: Flat Mountain Pond Trail, McCrillis Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Wednesday, August 4, 2021
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Only 2 other vehicles were there when we arrived. Maybe 4 there when we returned. Lots of space 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Mud - Significant, Leaves - Significant/Slippery 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Not a problem, rock hopping on the one significant crossing on Flat Mtn trail, just before the McCrillis junction. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: A few blowdowns, esp on McCrillis, completely uderstandable, as these are lightly used trails. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Only at the base. A large, male chocolate lab and owner. A female Australian Shepard and 2 women. Both dogs were exceedingly friendly and sweet. The owners were friendly as well.  
Bugs: Not bad. A few on the forest Road (ie lower part of Flat Mtn trail) in, and now again we slowed down or stopped. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: Nada 
Comments: Somewhat mixed weather: more humid, some sun, a cloud deck and hazy (maube smoke from western fires?) Great trails, both very lightly used, and exceedingly beautiful in their own unique ways.

Aside from a couple dogs/owners on forest rd leading in/out and a large family of 8 and then 2 singles at the summit, we saw not a single soul on the trail. Perfect covid isolation trail.

It is a busy wild life place, as we saw scat on the trail from moose, bear, coyote and maybe a weasel ( fisher or pine marten).

Also saw some leaf devastation from gypsy caterpillar in the tree canopy, mainly on the McCrillis trail, starting alittle at the onset and intensifying until just before the beginning of the last 1.2 miles of steep upward pitch in Hemlock boreal growrh. Didn't notice it until we stopped for a sip of water and heard the pitter-patter of leaf debris and caterpillar poop. Yuck.

It was also a huge mushroom growth area, probably like most of NH's forests right now.

Had a great day on the mountain! Glad my hiking buddy completed Mt Whiteface for his 48 4000 footer list.  
Name: Mike Dailey 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2021-08-04 
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