Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Starr King, Mt. Waumbek, NH
Trails: Starr King Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, April 14, 2024
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Got the last spot in the lot when I arrived a bit before 10am. Both the road to the lot and the lot itself were dry and in decent shape with the exception of one pretty decent dip that my Outback handled just fine. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Ice - Blue, Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Wet/Slippery Rock, Ice - Breakable Crust, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Snow - Wet/Sticky, Mud - Significant, Snow - Spring Snow, Snow/Ice - Postholes, Slush, Snow/Ice - Small Patches 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: None of note 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Two fairly large blowdowns, although they seem to have been addressed while I was on the summit -- myself and another hiker remarked that the blowdowns were greatly improved by the time we came across them a second time! Thanks to whoever took care of that (presumably someone from RMC?) 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs: None 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: None 
Comments: Well, it is April out there for sure! Fairly significant mud for the first 1.3 miles transitioned pretty much immediately to ice, so the Hillsounds went on and stayed on for the rest of the hike, till I got to about the same spot on the way back down. Snow was surprisingly firm all the way up to (and slightly past) the summit of Waumbek despite the fairly warm temperatures, so although I had my snowshoes strapped to my pack, I never found myself postholing at all and the snow never softened up on me before I finished my hike around 2pm. Honestly really ideal conditions today all things considered, especially with the weather being far more clear and sunny than predicted! Be aware it is an absolute mud-fest for the section of trail that isn't snow-covered though. Recommend footwear that can stand up to some muddy punishment.  
Name: Marc Frigon 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2024-04-14 
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