Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Surprise, Mt. Moriah, NH
Trails: Carter-Moriah Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Wednesday, May 10, 2023
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Parked at the clearing under the powerlines, 3 cars already there at 8am. Spot at trailhead open, but I'd read the neighbors get angsty. The sign clearly says that the only rule is 15ft from fire hydrant and this is marked on the road in red. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable), Snow/Ice - Monorail (Unstable), Snow/Ice - Postholes, Snow/Ice - Small Patches 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Only a few portions of trail with standing or running water, all avoidable 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: A few blowdowns, but nothing requiring detour 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Didn't see any furry friends 
Bugs: groups of gnats around the water bits, annoying but nothing biting 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Dry trail up to and past Mt Surprise. Easy going, great conditions. The patchy, collapsing monorail starts to show up around the 3.1mi mark (on my recording) but doesn't become unavoidable until 3.5 miles in. I barebooted to the top and was slipping and sliding the last 0.5 miles. Sunshine put on his spikes when the snow got unavoidable and had an easy time of it thereafter. I learned my lesson and spiked up for the descent. Much easier. Saw another group descending all in spikes. I lugged up snowshoes, but they're definitely unneeded at this point. Coming down in early afternoon, the monorail was getting soft and even with spikes it was slick. Also, if you stray from the monorail there's still the opportunity to posthole pretty deep and get some wet boots, trust me. The rock faces of the trail were all dry.

A hungry little gray jay at the top, and clear views all the way to Washington.  
Name: Worried Eyes and Sunshine 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2023-05-11 
Link: https:// 
Bookmark and Share Disclaimer: Reports are not verified - conditions may vary. Use at own risk. Always be prepared when hiking. Observe all signs. Trail conditions reports are not substitutes for weather reports or common sense.

Copyright 2009-2023, All Rights Reserved