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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Loon Mountain - North Peak, Black Mountain, NH
Trails
Trails: Walking Boss ski trail, bootleg ski trail, bushwhack
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Thursday, April 20, 2017
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Parked at the Loon base parking lot. Loon Mountain is now closed for the 2016-2017 season so there were no problems with using the slope for access to these peaks. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Ice - Breakable Crust, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Snow - Wet/Sticky, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Unstable), Snow - Spring Snow, Leaves - Significant/Slippery, Slush, Snow/Ice - Small Patches 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: We were able to step over all that we encountered. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes:  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Rueben had a great time. 
Bugs
Bugs: Still too early. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: Lost a pair of inexpensive sunglasses, probably coming down from Black. 
 
Comments
Comments: After the steep climb up the Walking Boss Ski slope we circled behind the lift that services the North Peak trails. Found a well worn herd path a short way down the trail heading west and followed the Bud Light empties pretty much to the summit (these are easier to follow than some blazed trails). After getting to the high point we retraced our steps back behind the lift and followed the bootleg trail to the col between North Peak and Black. From this point we followed another set of tracks in the rapidly melting snow nearly to the recognized summit. Thanks Steve, Bill, Diane, and Larry. Coming down we pretty much retraced our steps to the col and then headed straight back to the base station in open woods. A lovely hike on a day that we could enjoy the woods even though the views were all fogged out.  
Name
Name: FranM 
E-Mail
E-Mail: maineri@metrocast.net 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2017-04-20 
Link
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