|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Mt. Rowe, NH|
||Ridge Trail, Ridge Trail Road Bypass, Rowes Revenge, Alpine Slide Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Saturday, December 4, 2021|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Plenty of room at Gunstock Mountain Resort (does not open for skiing until next week). |
||Dry Trail, Ice - Black, Snow - Trace/Minimal Depth, Leaves - Significant/Slippery |
||Light Traction |
|Water Crossing Notes:
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
|Lost and Found:
||Lots of snowmaking going on at the ski area, but these trails avoid it altogether.|
I GPSed the Ridge Trail Road Bypass at 0.8 miles (not including the approach on the Ridge Trail, or the view spur). Generally dry down low with a few peekaboo patches of black ice and less than an inch of snow higher up. Very leafy in some places.
I opted to take the (scantly signed/marked) Rowe's Revenge from near the top switchback of the Ridge Trail/access road. Very neat trail which sort of tracks the perimeter of the abandoned Alpine Ridge ski area. Icy up high, but I was able to get by without light traction (others may prefer spikes). I GPSed this at 1.3 miles. Some signs down low suggest a pass is required to use this trail during (cross-country) ski season.
From the bottom of the old ski area, I noted small signs for Rowe's Revenge and Alpine Slide Trail. I ascended the latter, which generally follows the route of the former alpine slide (a few pieces still in the woods). This sort of tops out near the view spur from the Ridge Trail Road Bypass. I GPSed this at 0.6 miles.
I then worked my way over to the Ridge Trail/access road, which was pretty ice in the shade up high.
One or more of these trails will be added to the Belknap Range Redlining list soon.
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.