Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Moriah, NH
Trails: Moriah Brook Trail, bushwhack, Carter-Moriah Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Friday, September 10, 2021
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Only car in the morning, one other at the end of the day. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Significant 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: A person more agile than I could rock hop the Wild River. I waded. The rest of the many crossings were easy though getting down the wet, slippery rocks to some of them were not 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Many deadfalls. The upper mile of the Moriah Brook trail features way too much mud. Unexpected given its steepness. The footbed on the Moriah Brook trail is obvious enough that blazes are not necessary right now. I think that once the leaves fall it will be hard to follow in places. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Looking East from the first ledge above the Moriah Brook junction you can see a rib of Moriah with obvious wide open ledges. The goal was to walk those ledges and enjoy the fine views. I'm a map and compass guy. I knew that when I left the Carter Moriah trail I needed a 30 deg magnetic bearing to get to the ledges. Unfortunately the very steep terrain here with its many cliffs and bad brush kept pushing me to the East. When it finally rounded over I came to an open ledge with fine views to the South and nice warm sun. I stopped to wring the water out of my socks and take a picture in that order. That was a mistake. Just as I got the camera out a bank of clouds rolled down the valley, the end of the views on the ascent. I was able to piece together open ledges West to the ledges that were the goal. They were indeed fine easy walking. Even the moose I met here thought so. Above the ledges to the Carter Moriah trail was unexpectedly very steep with not the best woods. I came out on the trail almost to the point where the trail makes a sharp turn West to cross over to the summit. Trails the rest of the day back to the car

This was a Steve Smith brand of hike. Lovely trail walk access to the 'whack. A 'whack to open ledges with great views. I think the difference is Steve is smarter than I and would have turned around here and would have gone on a better day.  
Name: old man and the saw 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2021-09-11 
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