|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Mt. Starr King, Mt. Waumbek, NH|
||Starr King Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Saturday, May 20, 2023|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Summer lot filled up this morning. Closest room for overflow is on the other side of US 2, as the access road is heavily posted. |
||Dry Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Snow/Ice - Small Patches |
|Water Crossing Notes:
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||We cut out a few blowdowns. A couple of large ones remain down low. I recollect at least one large leaner on the ridge. We also brushed in two places up high were lazy hikers were going off trail/cutting corners and therefore causing trailcreep and future erosion. |
||Black flies were vexing at times in the hardwoods, but not out on the ridge yet. |
|Lost and Found:
||Trails were generally dry with some occasional mud in the usual places. Small patches of monorail remnants on the ridge, the largest of which was about 20 feet long. I would imagine it'll all be gone by Memorial Day Weekend. Patches can be easily crossed or avoided without trampling off the footbed.|
Unmitigated erosion continues in places; sad to see.
Lots of wildflowers in bloom. Dutchman's Breeches, trillium, trout lily, bellwort, and a few others. Lower Starr King Trail is one of the best wildflower hikes around this time of year.
Partly sunny morning with temperatures in the 60s. Wetter weather was held up south of the notch as of early afternoon.
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.