|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Mt. Passaconaway, NH|
||Dicey's Mill Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Wednesday, December 1, 2021|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Plenty of room in the Ferncroft lot. Observe the no parking signs on the access road. |
||Dry Trail, Snow - Trace/Minimal Depth, Ice - Blue, Leaves - Significant/Slippery |
||Light Traction |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||Crossed branch of the Wonalancet Brook on rocks just upstream of the official path. Many rocks were covered in ice so it is advisable to use traction and carefully select the rocks. There is a log across the brook for those so inclined to cross in that manner. |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||Dicey's Mill Trail is well maintained by WODC. Tree falls at ground level or slightly above. Easy to get by. One tree fall above the junction with East Loop is about 5 feet above surface and could be a head knocker for an inattentive hiker. May be more troublesome with a snow pack. New trail sign posts at junctions with route to Blueberry Ledge Cut-Off and with the Rollins Trail. |
||Fine for dogs. |
|Lost and Found:
||No need for snowshoes. Traction is not needed until uphill from the junction with the Rollins Trail where there are some ice flows. Microspikes provided adequate traction. The ledges just below the summit were mostly free of ice. At the lowest elevations there was a smattering of snow with some stretches of leaf covered ground. The snow cover is thin even at the highest elevations. No drifting. Mud spots were frozen. There was so little snow that the rock steps and log water bars are visible.|
No views due to the clouds. I barely saw Mt Chocorua on the east outlook ledge. I could not see Tripyramid from the west outlook ledge. Consequently, I did not hike the 0.3 miles down to the north outlook.
It did not look like anyone had hiked on the Walden Trail since the last snow. There was a set of footprints on the East Loop Trail. The Rollins Trail was trodden but not quite as much as Dicey's Mill Trail.
Met a group of hikers called the Four Seasons who had members from MA, NH, and VT.
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.