Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Shelburne Moriah Mountain, Mt. Moriah, NH
Trails: Rattle River Trail, Kenduskeag Trail, Carter-Moriah Trail, Stony Brook Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, September 9, 2023
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: We utilized a car spot a bit later than normal but at 8:15am Stony Brook was still nearly empty. There were few cars at Rattle River at 8:30, but a large ensemble of folks serving up a Trail Magic breakfast for the AT NOBO hikers was present. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: The 2 primary crossing of the Rattle River trail were easily navigated, as all stepping stones were well exposed and mostly dry. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: There were a few easily traversed mud pits between the Rattle River/Kenduskeag junction, with the worst being right at the junction. For the most part you could find a partially submerged rock or branch (see above - things seem to be reaching the driest part of the year finally). The central .75 miles of the trail to Shelburne Moriah however could use some brush/branch clearing and the yellow markers on the ledge are virtually gone. The bog bridges are in GREAT shape though, and I suppose that is most important! With the exception of a bit more easily navigated mud sections on the ridge just north of Moriah, the traverse all the way from that first junction SOBO to the Stony Brook TH was dry and clear. Water sources on the upper section of Stony Brook were not available. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: 1 dog. 
Bugs: very very few in lower 1K of Stony Brook. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Forecast probably kept folks away, but besides the flags on the 48 break-down crew, we saw about 8 AT NOBO'ers between Moriah and the Rattle River trailhead and that's it. If Hurricane Lee doesn't dump any water up there, will likely be dry conditions for a while.  
Name: Eric Ashwell 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2023-09-13 
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