Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Surprise, Mt. Moriah, NH
Trails: Carter-Moriah Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Tuesday, November 9, 2021
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Parked in the small dirt lot by the power lines, can fit several cars if people park considerately 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Ice - Breakable Crust, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Leaves - Significant/Slippery, Snow/Ice - Small Patches 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: None of significance on this route 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Trail overall in good shape, typical 4k trail erosion above Mt. Surprise but evidence of recent trail work low down (freshly cleaned drainages) - thank you! 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Maddie had a great day - dogs will get muddy but no major issues for dogs comfortable with ledges and some scrambling 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Out and back from Bangor Rd. today, didn't want to go high or risk tricky river crossings so this one fit the bill perfectly - some wet rock once we hit the ledgy section but more than enough dry grippy rock for easy ascending. Plenty of mud in the usual places but all easily navigated. Very sporadic small icy patches started around 2900', no real issues until more significant flow ice appeared ~3800', able to slowly ascend with careful foot placement but put the rock spikes on for descent of this short section (first few tenths of a mile from the summit)- I'm sure some people could descend it no problems but we didn't want to chance it. This will likely worsen after the precip forecasted for Friday so definitely recommend rock spikes at minimum for now. I forgot how relentless this trail is especially compared to Stony Brook but it was a nice change of pace having not hiked it in several years, good views especially in the morning and a warm day for November. Crossed paths with two solo hikers and two small groups today, beautiful and pretty quiet day in the woods - thanks Ali and Maddie for a fun day.  
Name: Hikes with Maddie 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2021-11-09 
Link: https:// 
Bookmark and Share 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.

Copyright 2009-2024, All Rights Reserved