|Hiking Trail Conditions Report
|Shelburne Moriah Mountain, NH
|Rattle River Trail, Kenduskeag Trail
|Date of Hike:
|Tuesday, August 22, 2023
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
|Small trailhead lot on Rt 2, about 6 cars at 8am. About as many mid afternoon.
|Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Mud - Significant
|Water Crossing Notes:
|All rock hops today, water levels were all fine for crossings. The bigger crossing on Rattle River could certainly be intimidating in high flows.
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
|Rattle River in great shape. Kenduskeag Trail needs more bog bridges, and some good trimming. Sections of that trail have chocolate pudding consistency mud pits that are a couple feet deep. My friend went in to almost mid thigh, and she is long legged. Some herd paths forming around mud pits, trampling brush and herbaceous groundcover, a shame.
|Fine for dogs, good water sources until Kenduskeag, then muddy but no clean water. We saw one with some AT hikers.
|Lost and Found:
|Out and back hike today, worth waiting for a clear day for good views all around. Rocks were mostly dry, a couple of sections of trail had some running water over them, then wicked mud up high, thankful for waterproof boots.
About a dozen NOBO hikers encountered on the way up Rattle River Tr. We didn't see anyone on Kenduskeag until we approached the summit to Shelburne Moriah when we crossed paths with two other ladies also working on the 52 WAV, nice chatting. We didn't cross paths with anyone on the way back out, surprisingly quiet.
Good views in all directions from different perspectives on the summit.
This finishes the 52 WAV for me. What a great mix of mountains to explore. Quieter, pretty, and in different parts of the state. Many worth exploring via different trails, so I'm not done with them yet. I also want to visit some of the delisted ones. Also a great way to get my hiking buddy into hiking with more bite-sized hikes, now she's hooked.
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.