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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Mt. Passaconaway, Mt. Whiteface, NH
Trails
Trails: Dicey's Mill Trail, Rollins Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, December 4, 2021
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: about 8 cars on arrival at 8AM, but within minutes about 5-6 more arrived. about 12 when leaving at 3:45.  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Snow - Trace/Minimal Depth, Ice - Blue, Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Crossed the water on Dicey's Mill path about 10 yards up of the path where there were a string of dry rocks on the way up, and used the log across the stream on the way down, seemed like most people were taking advantage of the log 'bridge' which required a bit of balance. Even Coop opted for the log. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Trails in good shape, a few logs across all that were easy to step over 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Cooper was the only dog on the trails today, but he sill had a great time. We went out and back Dicey's Mill over Rollins trail in order to avoid the ledges (Coop is an experienced trail pup, but I was unsure of the ice on the ledges, so I opted for a safer although longer route). Water on the upper section of Dicey's Mill for quenching a doggie's thirst. None on Rollins. 
Bugs
Bugs: N/A 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: N/A 
 
Comments
Comments: Out and back on Dicey's Mill and over Rollins in order to avoid potential ice on the ledges (concern for Cooper's safety). Trail started with a covering of packed snow intermittent with patches of leaves that was easy to bareboot. After the water crossing the amount of snow gradually increased, I used spikes, but they are not needed until after the intersection with Rollins trail. The upper section of Dicey's Mill contained several ice flows, but spikes were sufficient to navigate these. Ledges were free of ice. I did not go to the lookout, but caught a glimpse of Mt Wash through the trees, views must have been great; good view of Tris from the ledges instead.

Rollins trail started out nicely, but snow was drifted slightly in spots on the ascent of Whiteface; it was tracked through but loose and often seemed like hiking in sand. Used spikes on Rollins. Would have loved snowshoes, but here are too many rocks poking through to make them practical, need more snow. It was much easier to traverse in the downward direction (clockwise loop) in the loose snow. The winter wonderland was a welcome site to be enjoyed. Views of the lakes were great as well.  
Name
Name: CookiesOnTop 
E-Mail
E-Mail: schwarzmc at yahoo 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2021-12-04 
Link
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