Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks North Twin Mountain, South Twin Mountain, NH
Trails: Haystack Road, North Twin Trail, North Twin Spur
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, January 8, 2023
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Parked at the gate right off of Rt. 302. Remember to park away from the gate to allow any Forest Service officials to have access to the road if they need to open the gate. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Ice - Breakable Crust, Snow - Unpacked Powder 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: There was little solid ice on the river crossings. Rock hopping was possible to get through all crossings but it involved some tricky maneuvers at points. Would highly recommend bringing something to cover your boots to allow you to step in more shallow water, making these crossings easier.  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: There were some trees and branches down across Haystack Road and some minor obstacles across the trail as well but nothing major.  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: None 
Bugs: None 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: None 
Comments: There was a layer of roughly two-three inches of fresh snow across Haystack Road and the trail when I arrived. Some people had gone up before me, as there were a couple lines of tracks along the trail. I used snowshoes on Haystack road and along North Twin trail until I hit the water crossings where I switched to Microspikes. Traction is 100% necessary for the steep ascent/descent of North Twin. Saw a few people out with me, meaning by for now the trail should be thoroughly packed, especially between the two peaks. Cold day up top but the winds were manageable and perfectly clear skies gave way to excellent views in all directions.  
Name: John Hansen 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2023-01-09 
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