Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks North Twin Mountain, NH
Trails: Little River Road, forest road, Haystack Road, North Twin Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, January 1, 2023
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes:  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: 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 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
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
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. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Lost and Found
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! 
Comments: 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  
Name: Zippy 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2023-01-02 
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