Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Surprise, Mt. Moriah, NH
Trails: Carter Moriah Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, November 19, 2023
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Parked in the lot on Bangor Street. There were 4 or 5 cars when I arrived late (9:15am), plenty of room to park. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Ice - Black, Wet Trail, Ice - Breakable Crust, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Leaves - Significant/Slippery 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: None. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Good condition, the same duck unders and step overs, none that cause any issues. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Kodiak had a blast as always! He is experienced, and does very well on ice and slabs. We saw one other super cute and friendly pup today! 
Bugs: None. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: Nothing lost, nothing found. 
Comments: Not much snow, but there is a lot of ice! I stepped on a rogue patch of black ice at only 2000 feet and that took me down. I was not expecting it at all, since I had not seen any ice, and there were still a lot of leaves and some mud (avoidable). From that point on I was cautious. From that point onward there was ice, black ice, some water, some mud was frozen, some mud was not frozen, and also a lot of bare, dry trail. The bog bridges were icy. After Mount Surprise I put on my rock spikes and just left them on. I am not keen on constantly taking them on and just left them on. The last maybe .25 miles to Moriah summit had the most ice. From a little before Surprise, all the way to Moriah (and then back down), I used the trees a lot to help on any of the slab areas. A few others that I crossed paths with were doing the same.  
Name: Marylyn Styles 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2023-11-19 
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