|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Peak Above the Nubble, NH|
||FR 304A, herd path, bushwhack|
|Date of Hike:
||Friday, May 19, 2017|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Space for 3-4 cars at the FR 304A gate |
||Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||No significant water crossings to deal with. Just a little water on the trail to deal with along the short stretch before you start climbing toward the Nubble in earnest, but easy enough to navigate/hop around. |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||Being a bushwhack most of the time, you're on your own. :) |
||Black flies quite present at the gate. With the right repellent -- and sufficient hiking speed :) -- they stayed away. Not a problem up higher, as temps didn't get above the high 50s, and winds were decent. |
|Lost and Found:
||This was the first of two NE 100 peaks today, the other being NE Cannon Ball, posted separately. FR 304A easy to find along Haystack Road. Ended up hiking past the bushwhack trail since there was no arrow or ribbon or anything, but backtracked and went with my gut. This bushwhack trail diverts from FR 304A on the right, a very clear trail just a couple hundred yards beyond the sand dune hill you pass on the left.|
The bushwhack trail is clearly followed up and through the shorter, wet stretch, and you'll see pink ribbons leading you farther; far enough, that you can then basically hike up until you reach height of land (Nubble). I lost the pink ribbons along the way, but simply navigated where the going was mostly clear. Once in a while I'd find what seemed like a quasi-defined path, but again, as long as you're hiking up, you'll reach the Nubble. There's a mostly clear herd path leading from the Nubble toward the Peak Above, though you have to look down in places to make sure you're still on it. Blowdowns on and around the Peak Above make it difficult in places to stay on the herd path, but it's easy enough to navigate around -- again, pretty much just hike up toward the height of land.
I removed the small trail sign above the PAtN canister, by request of the friend of mine that placed it there some time ago. It had originally been painted "3813," but the numbers long-since wore off, revealing the letters "WHITE" upside-down (apparently from the sign's previous life). Canister is in good shape, and was easily opened (push up on each side, in turn, and it'll eventually come off).
||Erik Bertrand |
Disclaimer: Reports are not verified - conditions may vary. Use at own risk. Always be prepared when hiking. Observe all signs. Trail conditions reports are not substitutes for weather reports or common sense.