Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Moriah, Shelburne Moriah Mountain, NH
Trails: Bushwhack, Pea Brook Slide, Kenduskeag Trail, Carter-Moriah Trail, Shelburne Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, July 31, 2022
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes:  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Mud - Significant 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: There really is no water on these trails aside from the always interesting Wild River crossing 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Kenduskeag, from Rattle River to Shelburne, needs a haircut really bad. Footbed is great. Shelburne from the wilderness to 90 degree turn has a few stepovers that are borderline wilderness take outs. There is a hemlock that has fallen parallel to the trail about 0.3 from the junction of Shelburne Moriah Trail 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: At this time, there is very little water. Only noted two stagnant crossings down very low on Shelburne Trail 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: A MAGNIFICENT DAY was had in the forest - aside from having my route planning card revoked. More on that later. I had done this one last year with Nordic_Gal. Today was a perfect day to explore the Halloween Storm's damage from a few years back, looks like timbercamp was out doing timbercamp things also! This one is a lot of whacking but was absolutely worth the effort (atleast sitting here typing this report). We started off route 2 in Shelburne along a bootleg trail and then expanding upon last years trip, found much better going this time through. This slide is a geologists dream, having large exposed formations of metamorphic bedrock. We found the aplite dike of intrusive granitic rock Steve and Thom found a few years back and it was truly a gem. We found several bullseye intrusions along the way as well, as well as some other cool and unique formations. Said geoligist, you're getting an email. The trigger point is looser and scarier than I remember, it also seems to have grown. A trigger point, in lamens, is where 'it all went wrong' and the hillside begins to crash towards the valley. It's chaotic and beautiful to think how much destruction occured along this slope, and it all started there. Having done this last year, we had thought going straight for the summit was a better idea from the trigger point - I can confirm it is not. My watch says I was doing the breast stroke for about 40 minutes. Here is were I lost my route planning priviledges for the forseeable future. Sparrow asked how far to the junction, to which I reiplied "oh about 3/8 a mile." She then asked how much vert, and I said, "oh, bout a thousand." If looks could kill... I am a lucky goat. We had sporadic decent wood but it was largely some of the scrappiest and crappiest type 2 bull in a china shop pushing ive done in a while. Z,J,B&A would be proud. We did find a fine alpine meadow off trail, though. We popped out no more than 50 feet from the Kenduskeag/C-M junction, so atleast while I was swimming in spruce I can keep a line. Nothing of note on the new-to-me sections of Kend from Rattle to Shelburne, and Shelburne South. The two of us where extremely ripe from the heat and no wind, however the blueberries on Shelburne Moriah are not. Close though. Another week or so and you can baby bear it.  
Name: The Teal Goat & Sparrow 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2022-07-31 
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