|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Mt. Moriah, NH|
||Stony Brook Trail, Carter-Moriah Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Friday, May 12, 2023|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Parked at the Stony Brook trailhead lot off NH 16. This large, dirt surfaced lot can hold many cars. It is plowed after snowstorms. Kiosk, no privy. |
||Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Unstable), Snow - Spring Snow |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||Two bridges on Stony then the remaining crossings can be accomplished with exposed rocks. On my return trip I just forded everything as my feet were soaked anyway. |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||One big trail blocking sucker on Stony Brook. |
||My dog had a blast with the super dog friendly hikers out today. So spoiled! Brutus also loved all the running water... he lay in everything even though we were getting rained on. Guess I shouldn't have given him a bath yesterday! I did leash him near the residences. |
||Oh yes. They woke up after the rain. Black flies, mostly. I'm bringing my headnet next time!!! |
|Lost and Found:
||Out and back to Moriah using Stony Brook and the Carter-Moriah.|
Stony: well blazed in blue with updated blazes. Very small patches of snow towards the jct with Carter-Moriah. Lots of mud and running water on trail (it was actively raining for 2.5 hours of my hike).
Carter-Moriah: this is the AT and is blazed in standard white blazes with supplemental carins on ledges. Snow present in the jct col (3042 feet on my GPS). But this is very short lived. You will posthole into water. It's just how it is this time of year... No additional footwear required/needed. Bog bridges emerging.
Past the jct, snow is completely gone off ALL ledges. Aside from the ledges, small patches of snow here and there until you reach the wooded section at 4020 feet (on my GPS). For the next 0.5 miles to the summit, you will battle spring snow. I donned no extra footwear. I just sucked it up and embraced the brutality of dealing with receding snow pack. I'm done with snow for the season!!! The monorail (where I could find one) is unstable. I could never be sure what would/would not hold. Went on my face a few times when the rail crumbled under my weight. Of the existing firmer monorail: this is so narrow I inevitably often slid off the sides plunging sometimes ankle deep, sometimes shin deep, sometimes knee deep into rapidly melting snow.
The summit rock is snow free. Geo markers present.
Moriah and the Carters are gridded! 12/12!!
Met some wonderful hikers out today. Don, Phil and Cheryl (did I get that right?)- have fun on your Katahdin escapade!! I'm super jealous! Phil- I'm with you on this grinding project. Somehow we will make it to those, uh, less encouraging peaks.
To Ann and her friend whose name I didn't catch- ya'll go get your 48!! And the best hiking stories never start with "So there we were on a clear trail under perfect skies..."
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.