|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Mittersill Peak, Cannon Mountain, NH|
||Tuckerbrook Ski Trail, Taft Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Sunday, August 15, 2021|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||We parked at the end of Tucker Brook Rd, there’s room for 4-6 cars there I believe. We were the only ones there at 7:45am and only one other when we returned shortly before noon. |
||Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Mud - Significant |
|Water Crossing Notes:
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||The ski trails seemed to be mostly named at their jcts although there’s a few jcts with what I’d guess are well used herd paths that were not. I believe there were markings of some sort on at least Tuckerbrook down low but all in all I don’t think most of these trails were really well marked. Once we got onto the main ski area trails shortly before Mittersill we saw a (blue?) blaze on a rock on the ski trail. The trails down low are well maintained but get progressively brushier and a bit more obscure the higher up you go. |
||None seen. Not sure if there’s restrictions to dogs being on these trails, particularly up near the summit when you’re on the main ski area’s trails but hiking dogs could handle this as there’s not scrambled; just steep. No water. |
||We were a bit worried about ticks with the thought that the ski trails could be overgrown but that wasn’t much the case and we didn’t find any ticks. I don’t recall any other bugs. |
|Lost and Found:
||My 4th grid peak this month out of 19 needed. This was both of our time up Cannon from this side. There may have been other trails we were on too but we started at the end of Rucker Brook Rd and followed what I believe was Tucker Brook Ski Trail all the way up to Taft Ski Trail which we followed up to Mittersill Peak and the summit. On my old phone (with an older version of Gaia), it shows a continuous and unnamed route to this peak this way. So we just followed that route, fairly certain it was the one described above that others have done. |
The trail started off wide and flat with descent footing. After a warm up, you get your first steep pitch. Then flat, then another, and so on. Then, once you’re above maybe 3000ft (the trailhead starts out just below 1300 I think) or so maybe the trail becomes less clear through some thicker stuff and the footing isn’t quite so nice. We both found it preferable to the other routes up Cannon though. Where the trail gets thicker and the tread wag less evident, there is a path to the right up through the woods to cut off this little section. Some wet rock and footing with mud made this section more difficult particularly on the descent without poles. Of course I fell a few times but it’s nothing like a scramble. We didn’t notice it on our way up but we did on our way down. Coming out on the ski area trails was nice and seeing some views. I had never been on Mittersill before where there are some views. Unfortunate that we saw so much trash up there. We began to understand why the ski area perhaps doesn’t want hikers on their trails :/ Only a few people on the summit that had taken the tram up at 9:45am.
I noticed two spots that I thought could’ve been where the abandoned Coppermine Ski Trail comes in. It didn’t look well travelled at all though. Very, very light. If you’ve got any info and would like to share it with me, it’d be appreciated :) Hoping to grid out the peak by that approach.
||Liam Cooney |
Disclaimer: Reports are not verified - conditions may vary. Use at own risk. Always be prepared when hiking. Observe all signs. Trail conditions reports are not substitutes for weather reports or common sense.