Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks North Twin Mountain, NH
Trails: North Twin Trail, herd path
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, October 10, 2021
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Haystack Rd. off of Route 3 North has no sign other than a hiking symbol. Lot was full at 11am, but it was not a problem to park along the road. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: The main trail crosses Little River at 0.8 mi, 1.3 mi, and 1.9 min. The "herd path" is an alternative to the segment between 0.8 mi and 1.3 mi: it stays on the left (east bank) just before the first crossing and rejoins the main path after the second crossing, so it lets one avoid the first two crossings. The third crossing, at 1.9 mi, is unavoidable. It requires rock hopping with one rock submerged in about 1/2 inch of water, but with care it is easy to keep feet dry. (This was after five days of zero rain - it might be trickier in wetter conditions.) 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes:  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Saw a few dogs on the trail. There are stream crossings and some minor scrambling, but all should be doable. 
Bugs: None. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: There is a viewpoint to the east (Presidential Range, etc.) just before the summit. At the wooded summit, there is a spur to another viewpoint, which is very much worth doing since it is very short and it gives a view to the other side (Franconia Ridge, etc.)

The herd path is narrow and slightly overgrown at places, and (especially when beginning it on the return) unclear to follow at one or two places, but if you take a wrong turn it only means that you will bushwhack for a few dozen feet before merging again with the true herd path, which follows the river, sometimes rising 50 feet or so above it. (Halfway along the herd path, there is a turn-off to a fire warden trail that leads east up Mt. Hale, so just don't take that one unless Mt. Hale is your destination!)  
Name: mathbp 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2021-10-11 
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