Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Hale, NH
Trails: North Twin Trail, herd path, Firewardens Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, November 27, 2022
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Haystack Road was still open today. The last mile or so had some very icy areas (including on turns and slight pitches), but was able to make it to the summer lot without issue while driving slowly. The first mile saw some noticeable melting during the morning. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Ice - Black, Snow - Trace/Minimal Depth, Ice - Blue, Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Wet/Sticky, Mud - Significant 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Rock hoppable 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: I don't recollect any blowdowns on the North Twin Trail. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: North Twin Trail had some blue ice stretches that were probably best done with light traction. I was able to bareboot with caution, particularly as thing warmed around noontime. A few random patches of ice on the herd path as well. Otherwise, generally an inch or so packed surface.

The initial south-facing ramp up the Firewardens Trail was melting out in the morning's sun. Above that ramp, the trail had a few muddy areas initially, but was otherwise mostly covered in packed snow and some ice. I opted to bareboot, but some stretches down low would have been better with spikes.

By the time we reached the softwoods, snowshoes would have been the best form of travel. Microspikes were balling up in the warming sun. Snowpack on the side of the trail was 4 to 6" by the time we reached the ridge. Booting didn't matter too much to the integrity of the footbed, since it was only an inch or two packed, but I would have preferred to have brought my light snowshoes for the top mile or so.

Nice morning weather with partly sunny skies and temperatures warming from the mid 30s to probably the upper 40s. Only saw four other hikers.  
Name: rocket21 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2022-11-27 
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