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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Mt. Jefferson, NH
Trails
Trails: Castle Trail, Israel Ridge Trail, Castle Ravine Trail, Gulfside, Jefferson Loop
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, October 9, 2021
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Still some parking available at Bowman upon our ~8:30am arrival. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Leaves - Significant/Slippery 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Castle Ravine crossings were a nuisance. Most were negotiable and only one required considerable thought, but expect your feet to get wet. Levels are too high right now to rock hop and stay completely dry. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Trails were all in good shape. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Saw some great hiking dogs! 
Bugs
Bugs:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: First time hiking Jefferson via Castle Ravine and the Castles! This hike was beautiful; peak foliage is now. Castle Ravine seems lightly traveled by this time of year and with good reason. The wet summer we had has kept the water crossings difficult and leaves plus wet rocks and wet boots make for a slippery combination. None of the crossings seemed dangerous but they will require care if you don't want to fall in. Met a few hikers who were working on redlining/tracing and one who had finished; great to hear others' experiences and anecdotes about different trails while I tackle T25. I'm not gonna lie, I found the loose boulders and scree on the Castle Ravine headwall to be MUCH more unsettling than the scrambles on the Castles, but that's just me. The Castles were beautiful and dramatic with amazing views of the foliage in the ravine. Take care descending even below treeline as some of the rocks are slick with leaves.  
Name
Name: Bre Dionne 
E-Mail
E-Mail: bredionne@gmail.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2021-10-11 
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