|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||North Twin Mountain, NH|
||Little River Road, forest road, Haystack Road, North Twin Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Sunday, January 1, 2023|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Snow - Trace/Minimal Depth, Wet Trail, Ice - Blue, Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Ice - Breakable Crust, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Snow - Drifts, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Snow - Wet/Sticky, Mud - Significant, Snow - Spring Snow, Snow/Ice - Postholes, Slush |
||Snowshoes, Light Traction |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||Little River was RAGING tonight. Skipped the first two crossings, looks like a good section of the ice bridge at the third crossing got washed away. Ended up finding a spot where I was able to use a log/rock hop combo about 150' upstream from the actual trail. |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||What better way to ring in the new year than by doing some trail maintenance? Cleared half a dozen blowdowns, left three easy ground-level stepovers for spring when they're not half-covered in snow- if we ever get another 4-6" they'll be entirely covered. |
|Lost and Found:
||Lost some stress, found some inner peace. If you happen to find the lost stress, you can throw it away- I don't want or need it back! ||
||Wonderful weather for a night hike- 34F when I started, 30F when I finished, with some light snow while I was out. Little River Rd through to the summer trailhead is mostly bare of snow, some easily avoidable or otherwise manageable icy spots. North Twin trail is currently a messy mixed bag of conditions- a few spots down low, all the snow has been washed away, leaving a muddy mess... on the way in, I barebooted from the car to the 3rd river crossing- put my rock spikes on to get across the river, and then left them on for the rest of the hike back to the WMNF border on the forest road.|
Above the third crossing, snow cover is fairly consistent, though still thin at lower elevation. Trail was pretty well packed and frozen when I got there, but looks like a lone Postholio paid a visit (probably when the snow was slushy mashed potatoes) between about 3000-3500ft elevation before finally switching to snowshoes- so that stretch was a mess of frozen postholes... realistically, not much worse than the mixed bag rock/snow/ice washouts down lower, but could have been easily avoided and made for a much more pleasant experience for everyone else who follows!
Smooth sailing between about 3500ft to about 4500ft- where Bullwinkle apparently made quite a mess of the trail- both with postholes, and a blatant failure to LNT as evidenced by all the dropped cocoa puffs!
Summit was a bit breezy, had a quick break then headed back down. #1 SSSNW48 complete
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.