Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Moriah, NH
Trails: Stony Brook Trail, Carter-Moriah Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Thursday, August 12, 2021
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: 3 cars on arrival @ 10AM. One was someone waiting for his friend to complete a traverse (nice friend). 6 cars when leaving @ 3:30 (several were people cooling off in the river). 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Mud - Significant 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: All easy. Selected this route for the numerous opportunities to access water for Cooper, and it did not disappoint. Lots of locations for a doggie to hydrate in the heat, plus it may keep the trail slightly cooler. However, the mud on the ridge C-M trail was pretty significant, and could not be avoided in several locations despite bog bridges. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Couple of blow downs, most easy to step over. One large pine tree can be walked under, but may be interesting after 3-4 feet of snow pack if not removed.  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Great easy trail for doggies, but Coop was the only dog I saw on the trail today. Only hard section was the last 0.1 mile up to the summit where there is a very steep/large flat face. Coop managed to find a bypass, and avoided this all together. Other dogs may need a boast. Also, slab rock faces are not a problem for Coop, but other dogs may not be a comfortable on these, know your dog's ability.  
Bugs: Lots of annoying bugs, although none seemed to be biting, just buzzing around. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: N/A 
Comments: Quiet day the forest; I saw only 9 others on the trail; 2 couples, 3 single guys (including the caretaker for the Imp Campsite) and 2 guys heading up to camp at the Imp site for over night. Nice chatting with everyone. Views along the ridge were good, despite the haze. This is my 4th hike of Moriah, and all others (winter, fall, spring) were fogged in. I was thrilled to be able to finally see the potential; not quite a clear day, but I could see quite far regardless. Had the summit to ourselves at 12:30 so that I could take in the views while relaxing.

Trail started as fairly dry dirt, but all rocks and roots were slightly wet and dampness increased with elevation. In some sections water was running over the trail. I chose the trail so that Coop would have ample locations to hydrate, so I was happy to see all the running water. The ridge trail was quite muddy in sections, and some was unavoidable. Bog bridges helped, but several sections were not bridged. Looks like there are some new bog bridges as well (thanks for those), so maybe some of the other sections will be bridged in the future.

I was very surprised that I did not see any thru-hikers on the trail, too.  
Name: CookiesOnTop 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2021-08-12 
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