|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Mt. Passaconaway, NH|
||Oliverian Brook Trail, Passaconaway Cut-Off, Square Ledge Trail, Walden Trail, Dicey's Mill Trail, East Loop|
|Date of Hike:
||Saturday, October 8, 2022|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Plenty of room in the lot at the Oliverian Brook trailhead off the Kancamagus Highway (route 112). |
||Dry Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Leaves - Significant/Slippery |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||Brook crossing on Passaconaway Cut-Off Trail was not difficult. The easiest point to cross is to the left of the main trail on ascent. |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||Trails in good condition. The Forest Service were cutting blowdowns today, much appreciated. WODC has done a good job with their signage. Hikers returning from Mt Passaconaway to the Kancamagus Highway shouldn't miss the Square Ledge Trail turn-off as the signpost is at the edge of the path. |
||Many dogs out today |
|Lost and Found:
||I decided to take the northern approach to Mt Passaconaway to avoid the parking congestion at Ferncroft. The few spots that had mud were not difficult to pass through. Much of this hike is in the wilderness area.|
Enjoyed the views from outlooks to all compass points on the trails around the summit cone of Mt Passaconaway. The best view is from the north outlook that is 0.3 miles and 200 feet below the Walden Trail. The outlook spur trail is marked by a sign "To View" that is seen on a tree when hiking from the summit down the Walden Trail a short distance. There was a crowd at this outlook including one hiker celebrating her 48th NH 4K.
Most of the hikers came up from Ferncroft with most tagging Mt Whiteface before bagging Mt Passaconaway. I only saw other hikers while on the Walden, Dicey's Mill, and East Loop trails on the Mt Passaconaway cone. No other hikers were seen on the Square Ledge, Passaconaway Cut-Off, and Oliverian Brook trails. The fall foliage was colorful but the leaves on the trail conceal loose rocks and roots.
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.