|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Mt. Kearsarge, Baker Ledge, NH|
||Lincoln Trail, Rollins Trail, Baker Ledge Spur|
|Date of Hike:
||Sunday, October 24, 2021|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Roadside at the start of Lincoln Trail (old signage for Link Trail) along Kearsarge Valley Rd. in Sutton. |
||Dry Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable |
|Water Crossing Notes:
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||Lincoln was in great shape for its entire distance. I looped down via Rollins where the Cardigan Highlanders Volunteer Trail Crew were working on new rock steps. Thank you! The spur to Baker Ledge is lightly-traveled but was in good condition. |
|Lost and Found:
||The longer and quieter route to Kearsarge, avoiding the busier state parks approaches.|
All of these trails were mostly dry with just some minor stretches of mud. SPNHF has done lots of logging within Black Mtn. Forest where there are new skid roads and clearings, but nothing has impacted Lincoln Trail. The logging done on private land right at the start of the trail in 2018 is starting to revegetate nicely.
Lincoln was very quiet on the way in -- I only saw one person -- but became busier as soon I reached the Garden parking area as expected. The summit had a fair amount of people but was not crowded at all. Perhaps the weather deterred some. It was pretty cold with gusty winds on top and I took shelter behind the fire tower for a bit. Completely cloudless skies though which made for crystal clear long distance views. I passed a few people on Rollins but not too many and saw three more folks on Lincoln on the way out.
Heading back I did the short side trip to Baker Ledge for more views. The flag is still flying.
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.