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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Shelburne Moriah Mountain, NH
Trails
Trails: Rattle River Trail, Kenduskeag Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Thursday, October 14, 2021
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Parked in lot on rt. 2. Only one other car there at 8:30 am. It’s a good size lot on the right immediately after crossing bridge over Rattle River. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Mud - Significant, Leaves - Significant/Slippery 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: First major crossing of Rattle River after the shelter was tricky due to slippery boulders. All other water crossings were relatively easy. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Rattle River was in good shape overall. Kenduskeag needs some love. It’s a bit overgrown in places, many of the board walks through bogs were broken, and the trail could definitely benefit from more boardwalks to span some of the more significant mud patches. There is one patch near the summit that is quite deep. I admit I dodged it as best I could. My pole sunk in at least a couple feet when I tested it! 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Didn’t see any but seems like an easy trail for dogs 
Bugs
Bugs: None 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: Rattle River Trail is easy to the shelter then has a tricky water crossing due to slippery boulders. It starts to climb a little in spots after the second river crossing after the shelter, and the significant climbing begins after the third crossing. This is at about 3.2 miles according to the WMG. From this point up to the ridge is predominantly a long stone staircase. The trail is dry most of the way until the last bit before the ridge when it gets wet with some standing water and mud that are easy to negotiate. See above for comments on Kenduskeag. Kenduskeag is derived from an Abenaki word meaning “pleasant walk.” Not sure that’s how I would describe it between the mud and the ledges! The mud actually wasn’t as bad as I was expecting although there was a lot of it and walking in mud made the steep, short ledges even more challenging. Glad I had high gaiters on. It was about 60 degrees, cloudy and windy at the summit so views were limited, however, there was a glider that was going back and forth quite low at times which was fun to watch. Foliage is past peak but still some colors visible on the trail and at the summit. Many leaves have fallen especially on Rattle River Trail which hid some rocks, mud, etc. Always need to be extra careful at this time of year!  
Name
Name: Ann 
E-Mail
E-Mail: Ann.pt@hotmail.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2021-10-14 
Link
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