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: Saturday, January 28, 2023
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Parked at Seven Dwarfs. Lot is plowed, plenty of space. Left $10 on the windshield.  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow - Drifts 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Easy to cross the one crossing on the bypass. The “official” first crossing of Little River hasn’t seen any action since the storms.  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: A few blowdowns to duck under.  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: N/A 
Bugs: N/A 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: N/A 
Comments: Hale via FWT seemed like a perfect hike for the forecast today.

Little River Rd roadwalk: Barebooted from parking lot until the “TRAIL” sign indicating the beginning of the “bushwhack” to Haystack Road. The signage appears to be missing, but please respect the bridge owner’s wishes of not using traction on the bridges.

“Bushwhack”: Well defined trail. Chewed up a bit by barebooters, but hopefully got smoothed out by the end of the day.

Haystack Rd roadwalk: Groomed in the morning, fully open to sled traffic later on in the day.

North Twin Trail: Great snowshoe track forming from start of the trail to FWT junction. Please add to it by using your snowshoes.

Fire Wardens Trail: There was a single set of snowshoe tracks that we followed. Hard to tell if they were from yesterday or this morning. Below 3000’, there was a pretty solid crust to break through. Above 3000’, texture changed to mostly (deep) powder. Between me being a fatass and the snow conditions (but lezbehonest…mostly due to me being a fatass), I was starting to sink at least 12” with each step. I did this for about a quarter mile before I said to my crew “I’m calling it. I’m not working this hard for Hale.” I turned around, they went to the summit.

Trail now has about 10 sets of snowshoe tracks that broke it out today. Trench is established, but still very soft. Spikes are useless right now. Please help get the trails set up properly and wear your snowshoes.  
Name: Chef and Crew 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2023-01-28 
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