|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||North Tripyramid, Middle Tripyramid, NH|
||Livermore Trail, Scaur Ridge Trail, Pine Bend Brook Trail, Mt. Tripyramid Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Tuesday, June 6, 2023|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Parked on the paved pull-off for Livermore Trail trailhead off NH 112. This is a large skirt and can hold many cars. I was the only car there. |
||Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Mud - Significant |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||Nothing of significance. |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||My dog did fine on all trails. |
||Bug net came into play once back on Livermore Trail in the afternoon. Though temps were cooler and the wind was stiff, deer flies still buzzed my ears, annoying me enough to break out the net. Black flies no where near as bad as they are in Maine right now. Mosquitos plentiful in the parking area. |
|Lost and Found:
||I usually don’t post Trail conditions in late spring through early fall, but I thought some information about lesser used trails may encourage others to take unusual routes to these 4000 footers. Thus, I dub this route “The Tri Alternate.” 13.7 miles round trip.|
Livermore Trail > Scaur Ridge > Pine Bend Brook > Mt Tripyramid trail out and back to Middle summit > Pine Bend Brook > Scaur Ridge > Livermore Trail > end.
Livermore Trail: not blazed save a small section at Livermore Pass that is blazed in updated yellow blazes. This was an interesting trail. There are grassy and pricker bushy areas at the start (in the south we call these thorny plant tendrils “wait a minutes”). This open brushy area quickly gives way to woods trail. The trail then oscillated between a great footpath and rocky, tricky footing after the old log yards up to the climb to the pass. There was some running water on this section along with minor mud areas. The bogs of the pass (the pass has its own sign) are dry. The footpath of the pass is nothing but pointy, oddly angled rock. It’s slick rock due to the moss and algae. But it isn’t a long segment. After this, there is significant mud. Many of the bog bridges have deteriorated making mud negotiation a time consuming investment. Some of the mud vats were several feet deep, others only inches. By the end of it I was over the mud so I tramped through the shallower parts. My dog stayed behind me to watch my footing lest he get sucked into the mud abyss. Suddenly the mud vanished and the hiker is spat out onto a wide, old woods road. Dang. I flew through this. So nice on the feet!
Scaur Ridge: walk this trail. Man. What a gem! Not blazed, footbed blatantly apparent. Junction nicely signed. No blow downs. Superb footing for the entire 1.2 miles. There is a small, nicely flowing stream about 0.7 miles in. I was able to filter water from it and the dog got a drink. Just after this watering hole (ascending the trail) is the best “sitting rock” I’ve ever seen. Well, maybe the “Conversation Rock” on the Cohos was better, but this is a close second! It just invites you to sit down a moment and look back at that crazy North Slide on North Tripyramid.
Pine Bend Brook: referring to the 0.8 mile segment from the junction with Scaur Ridge to North’s summit- dude. I forgot about the scrambles. Oy vay!! Such wet, slippery rock, such steep grades. Not blazed, very steep. There are some work arounds to the worst of the wet, moss covered ledges. There are no exposed parts, just steep. One small piece of ice left on trail (about 1.5 feet long, covered in pine branches).
Mt Tripyramid Trail: From North to Middle is a nice, but at times a ledgy trail. Not blazed. This section is well trodden and simple to follow. It is here I met Ross and a young, retired “almost 71” year old lady. The retiree is 6 peaks away from accomplishing the “48 over 70.” What a feat!! I’m so impressed! I want to be you when I grow up!! :) Several other persons encountered on this sliver of ridge line between peaks. All were super friendly; such a joy to meet other crazies, I mean hikers! Thanks to everyone for giving Brutus some love. He lives for your affections.
So, longer route to the two peaks. But I found it a pleasant walk with some scrambling at the end. Always gotta be a rock scramble at the top…
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.