|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Mt. Moriah, NH|
||Rattle River Trail, Kenduskeag Trail, Carter-Moriah Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Wednesday, August 31, 2011|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Plenty of parking off US 2. No hurricane damage on I-93 to US 3 to 115 to US 2. |
||Dry Trail, Mud - Significant |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||All rock hoppable - the river crossings perhaps slightly tricky. Would not want to attempt this in high water. |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||Relatively minimal erosion from the hurricane. The narrow sidehill above the second river crossing is surprisingly still in tact, though a few 1-2 yard sections sank a bit.|
Cut out a dozen blowdowns (including 3 sets that were blocking the trail) and picked up a bunch of deadfall. Ran out of daylight, so left perhaps half a dozen stepovers (generally flat on the ground). Kenduskeag could use some brushing. Trails could use some fresh blazing (especially after a bootleg red spraypaint job). Heard Carter-Moriah (Gorham side) has some chainsaw blowdowns.
|Lost and Found:
||Trails had more blowdown issues than erosion issues (though if Rattle River had climbed one foot higher, it would have been a different situation). Cleared a bunch of minor to moderate blowdowns, so thru hikers should be able to get through without any issues.|
Rattle River Trail was generally dry, though there were a few small patches of mud (worst patches probably just before reaching Kenduskeag.
Kenduskeag had some minor mud, but was generally just damp.
Was only Carter-Moriah for all of a minute or two to the summit of Moriah, but heard that it has some chainsaw blowdowns somewhere between summit and Bangor Road.
I think I see a new V slide on the back of Middle Carter!
||rocket21 at franklinwebpublishing dot com |
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.