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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Stairs Mountain - East Peak, NH
Trails
Trails: Rocky Branch Trail, bushwhack, Stairs Col Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Parked at the end of Jericho Rd. and Southern end of RBT 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Standing/Running Water on Trail 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: All able to hop over. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Someone did a great job cleaning the water bars on the Stairs Col Tr. Thank you. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: OK, plenty of water for Rueben. 
Bugs
Bugs: Mosquitoes and black flies were very hungry and we did our part to feed the population. They should keep doing whatever it is they do when I'm not there to prey on. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: We took a different approach from the old postings that seemed to just barely avoid the many cliff bands. WE started about .25 miles farther up the RBT trail from the SCT and set our bearings to avoid the larger cliff bands. It was fairly open but for the hobble bush. All was good until the final third of a mile to the summit, this was a nasty, gnarly pencil pine forest. Not the best approach. After reaching the recognized summit we had lunch among the flies and decided to head out via the Stairs Col route dropping down to the col below Stairs and traversing below the magnificent cliffs of Stairs Mountain. It will be a day to remember but we did enjoy the beautiful walk along the Rocky Branch River.  
Name
Name: FranM 
E-Mail
E-Mail: maineri@metrocast.net 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2017-06-14 
Link
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