Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Monument 503 Peak, NH
Trails: Unknown road, unknown trail, bushwhack, border swath
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Tuesday, July 11, 2017
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: from the border crossing in beecher falls vermont we entered canada and drove 253 to saint-malo then chemin auckland and 7e rang to chemin dion. chemin dion brought us north of the peak and we parked at the start of a gated road (stop/"arret" sign on gate). this road is depicted on google maps. no prohibitions noted though it is clearly a heavily hunted area so depending on the time of year caution could be prudent. we had initially attempted to access this peak from the u.s. via halls stream road, but found it to be gated to motor vehicles much too early on to road walk (just past last house and farm). i have not inquired anywhere as to whether it is open at other times. it could certainly be viable to access from the swath to the east as some roads off indian stream get pretty close to the border, but it would be a long swath walk.  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Mud - Significant 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes:  
Trail Maintenance Notes
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Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs: horse/deer flies. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: this peak is the 2030 summit between monuments 503 and 504 of the border swath between nh and canada. it is a peak i had left off of the version of the nh500 list the three of us have hiked given the information i had at the time. new information pointed to it being viable so we decided to check it out. we hiked south on the road from chemin dion past an area with a hunting blind and other stuff and then headed up a grassy/muddy atv trail bearing left. we stayed on this until it turned harder west and made the short bushwhack in wide open woods to the border swath west of the peak. the swath was fairly over grown, but closer to the summit an atv track started to appear. in theory the highpoint (recognized) is on the southeast bump which shows a partial extra contour on the usa topo. this was the highest point in that bump and was just in the swath on the american side. using a cheap digital altimeter we compared mutiple other points to verify. we then went back to the northwest bump which does not show the extra contour, but on the hike back up it became obvious it was a contender. the highpoint of this bump is a short distance into canada and the altimeter showed it as virutally equal to (if not slightly higher than) the southeast bump within the margin of error i usually give the unit. so based on verification of the location of that extra countour on the map i would believe the highpoint to be in the u.s., but based on measurements on the ground i would say it's a toss up and it could actually be in canada. from the summit area we followed the swath back to a likely point and started bushwhacking north to pick the trail back up that we ascended and from there it was a quick walk back to the car.  
Name: bryan, zporterColdRiverCampCook, Nordic Gal 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2017-07-13 
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