Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks North Tripyramid, Middle Tripyramid, NH
Trails: Pine Bend Brook Trail, Mt. Tripyramid Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Monday, May 8, 2023
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Parking on the shoulder of the Kanc was fine; dirt was firm.  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Mud - Significant, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Unstable), Snow - Spring Snow 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Mundane. Just wear Gore-Tex boots and you're fine.  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Overall, the trail is in decent shape. That said, there seems to be about two standard deviations more blow-downs than you'd expect on average. Seriously, there are places where you won't go ten minutes before dealing with one. Mostly, they're clamber-over; mostly crowns, branches, and other sylvan debris. In a couple sections, you'll have to walk around, but nothing major. Half a mile in, there's a section of trail that was undermined by the adjacent brook, and a tree that was on the edge blew down and took the trail with it. Some Good Samaritan hacked a path through the brush just a few feet to the side, so this shouldn't cost you a moment in time apart from gawking at the gigantic hole in the trail.  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Saw two delighted pups thrilled to be out in their native habitat.  
Bugs: Not quite yet, but perhaps one or two that didn't rise to the level of nuisance.  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: I keep forgetting the bottom half of this trail is a dreamworld, and that the steep part is relatively short and not at all that tough. If the trees on the ridge had a few more and bigger holes yielding actual views, this one would be an undeniable classic. As it is, the hike certainly qualifies as a sleeper hit... or would, if it weren't for the eponymous peaks nearby. :D

Snow began around 2,500 feet, almost to the foot. Spikes were unnecessary until 3,000 feet (you could dance around most of it, and the rest wasn't a horrible slog) at which point they stayed on until I was back on my way down. The bit between 3k and 3,500 feet (about at the junction) featured a monorail that was disintegrating to the point where the going got slow and soupy. On the ridge, things were much more consolidated, and travel was relatively easy. On the way down, the "slow and soupy" actually made softer footfalls, which wasn't bad. So overall, you've got the easy-peasy first couple miles, about a mile in the middle that gets a tad frustrating at times, and then a ridge that isn't particularly tough at all. Not quite what we'll be enjoying in about a month or so, but it's tantalizingly close. If you need it for your May grid, it won't be tough in the slightest.  
Name: Protean Wanderer 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2023-05-14 
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