Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Moriah, NH
Trails: Stony Brook Trail, Carter Moriah Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Thursday, March 30, 2023
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Lot was clear. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Snow - Drifts 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Most were bridged, although the lower crossings were starting to soften in spots. A few step overs or able to use a rock to get across. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: A few sporadic blow downs, easy to duck under. One about half way up Stony Brook took a duck waddle to get under for a 6'1 guy like me. Important: if my tracks weren't covered back up with the blowing snow yesterday, just before the junction with Carter Moriah, the tracks will diverge, take the path to the RIGHT. Left will a dead end, sorry. Somebody previously put up sticks marking an X, but I missed it on the way up. The X still stands, don't pass it. Up on the Carter Moriah, the snowpack is still pretty high so I was getting whacked pretty good in the face and arms with the upper branches and limbs of the trees. They aren't very forgiving. With the winds whipping yesterday, there wasn't much left of a previous path to follow and the blazes are near impossible to find. Relied on semi obvious trail and GPS as a first timer on this part of the trail. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs: Nope 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: The lower section is well packed in the center of trail, the sides were soft, evidenced by some prior postholes and a few miscalculated steps of my own. I started in Hillsounds without issue, but switched over to snowshoes around 2300ft due to the snowdrifts and seemingly breaking trail at that point. Stayed in shoes the rest of the day. Definitely recommended up on Carter Moriah. A good amount of snow without discernable trail. The ridgeline had drifts in areas up to my shin. It was a very windy day, but the views made up for it! Again, mindful of the junction at CMT. If my path remains, stay right to get to the trail junction about 25 feet beyond where the tracks split. The views from the ledges were spectacular, although the northern Presi's were in the clouds for the most part. I recommend not wearing a "nice" outer layer along the CMT as the trees will grab at it. Overall, a great day to tackle #42/48!  
Name: B Mitch 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2023-03-31 
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