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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Mt. Chocorua, Bald Mountain, NH
Trails
Trails: Piper Trail, Liberty Trail, Hammond Trail, Weetamoo Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, January 24, 2010
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: The parking lot off Route 16 is not plowed in winter. Just before the parking lot is a house with a sign reading "Parking $3". You can park on this man's property. Just make sure to pay him the $3 first. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Unpacked Powder 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes:  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: A couple minor blowdowns 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Madison loved this hike. 
Bugs
Bugs:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: Piper Trail is very well packed down. Snowshoes were not needed. Most hikers were barebooting but I preferred to put on my microspikes just to get a little traction. Some icy spots above treeline but my microspikes proved to be enough. After the summit, I headed down the Liberty Trail and then Hammond Trail. I took a little detour to Bald Mountain. I put on my snowshoes bushwhacked to the true summit. Nice view of Chocorua and 3 Sisters from the ledges. I then backtracked until I reached the Weetamoo Trail which was not broken out. I still had my snowshoes on so off I went. Near the bottom I found a set of ski tracks on an old logging road. I decided to follow them out hoping it may be a shortcut. So the very bottom of the Weetamoo Trail is still not broken out. The ski tracks went in the right direction but towards the end they turned south. I bushwhacked 100 yards or so to Route 16. I came out about a quarter mile south of the parking area so my shortcut didn't save me any time so don't bother following my tracks.  
Name
Name: Eric Rathbun 
E-Mail
E-Mail: elrathbun@yahoo.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2010-01-24 
Link
Link: http://ericexplores.com/2010/01-24/entry.shtml 
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