Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Shelburne Moriah Mountain, NH
Trails: Rattle River Trail, Kenduskeag Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Tuesday, September 7, 2021
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Parking for 10-15 cars off Rt 2 east of Gorham. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Mud - Significant 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: All crossings were easy rock hops 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Lots of mud on the Kenduskeag Tr. Some bog bridges on said trail could use some attention. Rattle River Tr has a few old blowdowns 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Saw 1 dog. Seemed happy 
Bugs: None. Too windy and cool. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Saved the best for last. Completed 52(actually 56) of "52 with a view". This hike has a bit of everything. Mud,rocks,nice water crossings,parkland hiking,beautiful alpine meadows,bog bridges,AT thru hikers but most of all views that are outstanding. Although cool and windy conditions prevailed the views were very clear. No haze anywhere. I was able to get behind a small rock area while at the summit to cut the wind and prolong my stay at the summit. I usually stay about 1/2 hour at a summit but I spent over an hour even with the cool conditions. I just didn't want to leave. Even coming down the views kept on and on and on. On the way up the Rattle River Trail the part after the last water crossing is as advertised. Very,very steep. Reminded me of the portion of the Stony Brook Trail after the last water crossing. The only difference is the steep part of the Stony Brook Tr to the junction of Carter Moriah Trail is only about 1/2 mile where the steep part of the Rattle River Tr to Kenduskeag Trail junction is about a mile. Although steep there are some small level spots to catch your breath and decompress your legs. The first 3 mile section of the Rattle River Trail is very,very easy. The Kenduskeag Trail is very pleasant with a few rock scrambles,some ledge walks, bog bridges(a lot),mud, and spectacular views. If you do this hike just remember that only about 20% of this hike is really hard. The rewards of this hike outweigh the steep part.

Name: Old Man Alone 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2021-09-08 
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