Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Hale, NH
Trails: Little River Road, herd path, Haystack Road, North Twin Trail, Fire Wardens Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, December 11, 2022
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Parked at SEVEN DWARFS MOTEL on Little River Road. Put $10 in envelope and places it in the small black metal mailbox (just to the left of the main office front door). We were the 2nd car there... empty lot. Then road walked down Little River Road to nearly the end, turning right onto the private drive...walked over the 2 small driveway wooden bridges -> careful NOT to take 1st left, but to continue walking about 1 minute to turn left onto "TRAIL" which is marked by a green (white letters) sign :-) Came out on Haystack Road, turned left onto Haystack Road to get to the NORTH TWIN TRAILHEAD. Very lovely walk to the trailhead :-) Then proceeded on the trail 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Ice - Black, Snow - Trace/Minimal Depth, Wet Trail, Ice - Breakable Crust, Standing/Running Water on Trail 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Tough crossing (high water) on the brook just before reaching the Fire Warden Trail. Took some hand holding and strategic foot placement...but the tough part was combined high water with ice-covered rocks. But had expected a little difficulty due to the recent few inches of rain this past week. All other water crossings were easy walk overs (or hop overs) 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: There are a few blowdowns on the Fire Warden Trail - but easy walk under and walk overs 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: We had a dog with us...he loved it! 
Bugs: ;-) 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: None. 
Comments: This is THE BEST route that I have taken to Mt. Hale! Oh wow the BIRCH GLADES! Just a beautiful trail!

There were a few patches of ice on the North Twin Trail. However, small patches - did not need traction there. Wore traction for T least the last 1/2 mile or more to the summit. Trail was quite packed down, rained on earlier this week... then iced up. Kahtoolahs and Hillsounds worked wonderfully. The snow was 2" in places to over 4 inches off trail (closer to the summit). The summit of course had barely any snow. But enough ice to wear the traction (not needed at summit) if you don't want to take them off ;-)  
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2022-12-11 
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