Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Hale, NH
Trails: North Twin Trail, Fire Warden's Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, August 19, 2023
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: By 8:30am us obnoxious grid finishers had already caused the lot to overflow. You can park roadside though on one side of the road. Just be careful and observe signs. Haystack Rd was in fine shape; low clearance cars will be okay.  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Mud - Significant 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: One drainage/tributary stream you’ve got to cross on what’s now the official North Twin Trail (used to be the herd path to avoid the river). It was rock hopable but easier if you went just downstream.  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: I don’t think you’ll find a single blaze on this hike. The North Twin Trail wasn’t blazed until after the first water crossing and now it’s been rerouted to what used to be the herd path. That being said, although I was told that trail maintenance is complete the the reroute is now the official trail, I don’t recall it being blazed and the blaze across the river on the now old trail is still visible and the trail was not blocked in any way. Still an old blowdown or two on the old herd path now official trail. I don’t recall if there were any blowdowns on Firewardens but it’s generally very well taken care of.  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: We had one with us that did fine. This is a good route for dogs.  
Bugs: I don’t recall any.  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: None 
Comments: A wonderful grid finish for BubblesTheHiker! The CCC and I were honored to join. Cool to be on the “new” trail as the North Twin Trail has been rerouted to follow the herd path that avoided the first two crossings. The trail now deviates a hit in places from the old herd path and it was interesting to note the differences. In particular, it intersects the Firewardens Trail a few feet higher up as it’s carved into the hillside. There’s also a new ladder that helps in a section (non-sketchy ladder, more like wooden stairs). All that being said and despite someone saying that heard that work on this is finished and it’s officially the new trail, there were no new signs of debris blocking the old trail which seemed curious.

Firewardens Trail seemed its usual self. Nice grades and some very, very muddy and wet spots. No view toward Washington today. It sprinkled here and there but we also got some sun on the summit. Great to spend some time celebrating up there. Hope we didn’t annoy the others who’d summited.  
Name: Liam Cooney and the CCC 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2023-08-22 
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