Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Moriah, NH
Trails: Rattle River Trail, Kenduskeag Trail, Carter-Moriah Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Plenty of parking off US 2. No hurricane damage on I-93 to US 3 to 115 to US 2. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Mud - Significant 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: All rock hoppable - the river crossings perhaps slightly tricky. Would not want to attempt this in high water. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
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. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs: None 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: 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!  
Name: rocket21 
E-Mail: rocket21 at franklinwebpublishing dot com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2011-08-31 
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