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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Mt. Chocorua (attempt), NH
Trails
Trails: Piper Trail, Weetamoo Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Monday, January 16, 2012
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Regular WMNF lot for the Piper Trail is not plowed. However, the gentleman who owns the home adjacent to the trailhead (right off of Route 16) has a plowed lot with room for about 12 cars -- he'll let you park all day for $3.00. Trailhead is about 0.1 miles past his lot. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Ice - Blue, Snow - Drifts, Ice - Breakable Crust, Snow/Ice - Postholes 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: All crossings are bridged, frozen, or not a problem. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Trails are in good shape. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Plenty of running water in the creek crossings, including the Chocorua River 
Bugs
Bugs:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: Took the Piper Trail almost to the intersection up top with the Champney Falls Trail. Backtracked down to the intersection with the Weetamoo Trail, and took that to about 0.1 miles shy of the intersection with the Hammond Trail.



Piper Trail is packed out and can be barebooted up to the first viewpoint ledges (just past the Camp Penacook spur trail). After that, plenty of blue ice and ice-covered snow (about a foot) on open ledge make traction or snowshoes with good teeth advisable. Snowshoes were helpful the entire trail, given the softening snow in some sections -- easy to keep them on when working around some of the bony sections (rock stairs just before and after Camp Penacook spur trail) -- plenty of powder on either side of the packed portion.



Weetamoo Trail has seen only a couple of people since the last snow -- nice powder (6-12") all the way. Trail is broken but not consolidated.



Nickerson Ledge Trail had not been broken out.


 
Name
Name: Pancks and Tesco Heaney 
E-Mail
E-Mail:  
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2012-01-17 
Link
Link: http:// 
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