Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Starr King, Mt. Starr King - South Peak, Mt. Waumbek, NH
Trails: Starr King Trail, bushwhack
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, August 22, 2021
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: The craters have remained about the same to the summer lot. I can still make it there in a low clearance vehicle without too much trouble. A high clearance vehicle could go full send if you wanted shaken baby syndrome 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: With Henri coming, I opted to go for a peak with zero water crossings. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: As per usual with any RMC trail I have ever been on, the trail maintenance is top notch 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Two well behaved puppers out today included the cutest beagle pupper. 
Bugs: There is ample mud on the ridge walk from Starr King to Waumbek and the spider webs just off the trail are plentiful and gigantic - this was actually pretty cool to see in the early morning light. Those spiders are getting fat off the skeeters and flies. One was the size of a 50 cent piece!  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: There is a boy scout jacket at the summer trail head on the rocks 
Comments: A fine day in the forest! I wanted a more subdued day today and found it on Waumbek. 0700 start had me seeing only two folks on the way up, and passed a handful on the way down. Trails are in perfect shape end to end with nothing of note. Ran into bushwhacking legend, Bryan, whom I picked his brain about an idea I had. Even he had not been! So off I went exploring to a bump. I have done some research and it appears to be unnamed, so I just dubbed it SK South. Around the height of land at about 3380, I took a 220 bearing to the col. It afforded gorgeous fern and softwood glades. Footing was fine but care was needed here as the ferns where thigh high (5'3). Very easy moving and navigable blowdowns. I ended up finding on what I will call a moose path to a summit clearing (noted lots of tracks). The high point was not recognized, but I poked around for 10 minutes and summized the beautiful silver birch was indeed the high point. I left the summit in a general north north west direction and found superb woods aside from the last 50' to meet up with SKT. Care was needed due to lots of moss and rotting wood. I post holed through to my crotch, I would have gone further but thank goodness for my large Armenian tookus caught me. The rest of the day was uneventful, aside from the amazing pizza that I was salivating about since I had started hiking from the gas station :)  
Name: The Teal Goat 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2021-08-22 
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