Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Tecumseh, NH
Trails: Mt. Tecumseh Trail, Sosman Trail, ski trails
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Wednesday, March 15, 2023
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Plenty of room at ski area after 4 PM. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow - Drifts 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: First crossing was open but hoppable. Crossings two and three are completely covered in snow. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes:  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: With a southern storm and only a few inches falling in Plymouth, I figured Tecumseh couldn't have been hit too hard. Wrong. With Tecumseh being a popular hike, I figured it'd be broken out by now. Wrong. Based on those false assumptions, I brought light snowshoes. Should have gone with the Flex Alps.

There were a few sets of ski tracks on the trail up to crossing 3. Initially a few inches of newish powder at the trailhead, varying dramatically based on wind profile - sometimes a few inches, sometimes 2 feet.

As the trail pulled away from the ski area, the new snow increased, likely in large part due to drifting. Generally 1 to 2 feet of newish powder.

The ridge had some random drifting, but the deeper stuff was the Sosman summit loop (left at the crooked sign), peaking with a 4ish foot drift at the start of the rocky section.

Unfortunately after all of that work, my tracks were drifting in with in minutes, even extended stretches well below the ridge. Running way behind schedule, I bailed onto the side of the lower ski slopes to hoof it out in the dark.

Overall snowpack has probably reached normal now after the slow start to winter.

Long story short...there's a lot of powder out there and if you hit Tecumseh in the morning, expect to be breaking trail again. It will be a fool's errand to head into the mountains without snowshoes for the foreseeable future.  
Name: rocket21 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2023-03-15 
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