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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Mt. Guyot, South Twin Mountain, North Twin Mountain, NH
Trails
Trails: North Twin Trail, herd path, bushwhack, Twinway, North Twin Spur
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Adequate at the end of Haystack Mtn road 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: herdpath between 1 and 2, 3 acceptable but not trivial 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: too many rocks! 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs
Bugs: Bugs took the day off. The Lady Slippers were marvelous 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: This was a largely successful attempt to find and follow the abandoned (80 years ago) Little River trail which intersected with the Twinway in the col North of Guyot. Of the original trail the abandoned part is from the 3rd crossing to the col, about 3 miles. The trail followed a road for the first 2 of the 3 miles and, with care, the road can still be found mostly. Occasionally it disappeared into the river and I would have to find it again a little further on. About the point where the road is in the bottom of the basin between Guyot and Zealand it seems to disappear entirely. This is my 3rd time following it to this point always with the same result - gone. A short distance further there is a very open, very wet area which provides a good sight of the Zealand scree slopes above you - the only reason any sane person would be there (A fun adventure!). The '46 AMC map shows the trail slabbing along the side of a ridge that ascends from this point to the Twinway. After taking a bearing and attempting to slab up the ridge side I began to have serious doubts that the map was correct for I encountered multiple ledge bands. To get around the bands I could either ascend the bottom of the gully or go onto the top of the ridge. I elected to do the latter as the woods were marginally better and the distance to the Twinway was shorter. Once up to the top of the broad ridge between Guyot and So. Twin the woods were very open and flat allowing me to walk the last 1/4 to the Twinway at virtually an on-trail pace. I hit the Twinway almost 1/2 mile North of where the map shows the intersection so clearly I was not even close to the original footbed.  
Name
Name: old man and the saw 
E-Mail
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Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2017-06-14 
Link
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