|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Middle Tripyramid, North Tripyramid, NH|
||Sabbaday Brook Trail, Mt. Tripyramid Trail, Pine Bend Brook Trail, Route 112|
|Date of Hike:
||Thursday, October 21, 2021|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Large ($5 fee) Lot for Sabbaday Brook Trail. 3 cars upon arrival and 6 in the evening. Pull off for Pine Bend Brook empty in the evening. |
||Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Significant, Leaves - Significant/Slippery |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||Sabbday Brook Trail: Rocks are dangerously slick, above and just below water, and water is high enough that your boots are going to be submerged on multiple crossings. After the 3rd crossing we bushwhacked about a mile, crossing once and bushwacking further up until we found the trail again on the other side of the brook. It was just in time, too, as the trail started to ascend much further above the water. We felt lucky to have seen it and surely would have been screwed if we had not.
Pine Brook Bend Trail: All passable. Encountered one tipsy turvy rock on 4th river crossing to remind us this is the day for wet boots. |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||Am I missing some type of ethos about blazing in the Sandwich Range? Sabbaday Brook Trail could really use some blazing along the trail between miles 2 and 3. Once we found the trail we ended up on a stretch where we were completey unsure if we were on trail anymore. Certainly, leaves and lower traffic factor into this issue, but then in parts of the trail where it's completely obvious it's blazed.
Pine Brook Bend is only slightly better. Thank you for the blaze indicating the sharp right hand turn as you head down the bouldery drainage area, we could've used one more blaze indicating that the trail entered the woods. In this same area there are several old blowdowns across the trail. Once we were in the woods we came to another point where it was just a trial of chaos. Several smallish trees were strewn across the trail, they've blackened so have been there for awhile. One might think it's purposeful trail redirection except there's no other way to go. So we walked around the tree and right into a knee high bog.
Bushwhacking to avoid the multiple water crossing is starting to cause errosion along both sides of the Sabbaday Brook Trail. Not to be an adventure killer but maybe this part of the trail needs to be rethought. |
||No dogs today. Aside from the water crossing on Sabbady Brook it's a find trail for fit dogs. |
||None that bothered us |
|Lost and Found:
||At the end of the day the mission was accomplished, the Tripyramids are ticked off the list. To say this was a "tri-ing day" (sorry, had to do) is an understatement. The thing is, is that this is not the most difficult trail and is certainly a better alternative for those not interested in heading up and down the slides. It was the long periods of frustration and moments of anxiety that made it tri-ing :) Extra Extra socks are the order of the day for this trail, changed 'em 4 times. I always carry at least 2 pairs and on this day had thought to throw in one more pair. At the summit of Middle we decided it was time to put our emergency plastic shopping bags to use and put 'em over our last pair of dry socks. Boy was that the best decision we made all day. Feet stayed dry from Middle until the last few miles of Pine Bend, at the trail of chaos bog (Izzy) and the typsy turvy rock (me). We had some serious moments of doubt on this hike. When we were unsure if we were still on trail about 3ish miles in, after our bushwhack, and it had already taken us twice as long to get to this point, I had serious concerns about what the end of the day looked like for us. Heading down Sabbady in low light or even darkeness was something we were going to do safely. Pine Bend was our option two plan and I was worried the blazing would suck just as much on that trail. At this point, Izzy was not interested in turning around. She was worried that turning back and dealing with the crossings in our frustrated mindset might lead to rushed bad decision and injury. After changing into the third pair of socks and determining we were smack-dab on trail we forged ahead. Once you get to the steep and then steeper part the trail is obvious. Trail between Middle and North is nice and would've been beautiful had it not fogged in and started raining- it was a wet day. At North Summit be sure to take the trail heading right. It was a slow down on the steeps from North. Wet rocks and roots. The last few miles still had some foliage and the beauty lifted our spirits for awhile. On our road walk, we appreciated the offer for a ride from a fellow hiker from NJ, with our wet boots and packs we just could not ruin your nice ride. |
||Towanda & Izzy |
Disclaimer: Reports are not verified - conditions may vary. Use at own risk. Always be prepared when hiking. Observe all signs. Trail conditions reports are not substitutes for weather reports or common sense.