|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Shelburne Basins, Mt. Moriah, Middle Moriah Mountain, NH|
||Basin Path, bushwhack, Pea Brook Slide, Kenduskeag Trail, bushwhack, Kenduskeag Trail, Rattle River Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Saturday, August 28, 2021|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Dropped a car at Rattle River lot 3/4 full at 8:30 and about the same when we returned. At Basin Path there is room for two cars in front of the boulders. |
||Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Mud - Minor/Avoidable |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||Rock hop-able, a low water and DRY day is what you need to go up a slide. |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||A couple of big trees across Kenduskeag Trail with well established herd paths around them and the trail needs some serious brushing. Rattle River in good condition with waterbars recently cleared. |
||No way I'd take a dog up a slide or bushwhacking.
||a few but really too few to mention |
|Lost and Found:
|| Thanks to The Mountain Wandering blogspot and Adam for telling me I should do this with you now! The Shelburne Basins are lovely and quiet and it is nice they are almost kept a secret. From the end of the path we bushwhacked mostly on the left side (east) side of the brook and sometimes in the brook. In many places we felt like we were on a herd path or old skid road when we went high above the brook to get away from the brook's steep walls. We took turns leading the way. Through mostly open woods we made it to the bottom of the Pea Brook Slide where there is a huge tangle of dead trees with the brook's water flowing out from beneath them. The young slide is wide and open right down to clean bare ledge. The slide is not too steep but there are a couple headwall sections along the way that a little rock climbing skill came in handy. At the top of the slide to its trigger point there is loose rocks and it is much steeper. The views from the slide filled our eyes with peaks easy to identify such as the Percys and the wind turbines on Jericho also The Mahoosucs and the Kilkenny peaks. We sat on rocks at the top of the slide and took a good long break. Then we bushwhacked up and to our left in trees not too tight to move well and we avoided ledgy scrambles. Aiming to hit the Kenduskeag trail about 3600 with goal as making the whack as short as possible. On the trail we were about 15 minutes away from Mt. Moriah's summit. On the summit I didn't share my Snickers bar with any of the other dozen people that were also on top. We quickly headed back the down the trail and continued on our way to the Rattle River Trail but on our way I had the great idea of bushwhacking to Middle Moriah. Starting from some bog bridges we whacked due north through the thickest stuff we whacked through all day. We walked through a few plesant open bright green mossy patches between getting beat up by the pokey trees. Near the highpoint of Middle we were surprised to find a herd path with evidence of much cutting to the highpoint (the X on the GPS), we did visit a couple other nearby HP suspect bumps. The herdpath continued to an open gravel/ledge/brushy open top. The Kenduskeag Trail needs brushing. Rattle River Trail was in good condition and the water bars appeared to have been recently cleared.|
We had a fun adventure going to new to us places, we picked the perfect weather day, dry & cool. The Teal Goat nabbed another grid peak and redlined Rattle River Trail.
||Nordic_Gal, The Teal Goat |
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.