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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Mt. Paugus, NH
Trails
Trails: Kelley Trail, Lawrence Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, August 6, 2017
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Ferncroft was very crowded - long lines of cars were parked there. They really should expand the parking lot. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: All very easy. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: A couple blowdowns on both trails. Nothing major. Otherwise, trails were in pretty good condition. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Saw one. It seemed to be doing fine. 
Bugs
Bugs: Not an issue on the way up, and only very occasionally an issue on the way down. The strongish breeze that was blowing almost the entire time (which felt very nice) kept them away pretty well. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: Nada. 
 
Comments
Comments: Great hike! Used the Kelley Trail to get to the ridgeline instead of the Old Mast Road (which is kinda boring). Kelley Trail was great - next to a brook most of the time, lots of interesting geological formations in the upper part. Kelley Trail never got too steep. Lawrence Trail was good - it was relatively rough, and that downhill on the way up was longer than I anticipated, but the switchbacks made the climb much easier (even if the loose gravel was slippery going down). Didn't have much trouble finding the ledge at the top with the great view. Clear day, and the breeze made it nice and cool. And despite the crowds of people and cars at Ferncroft, I saw very few other people on the trails. Couldn't have asked for a better climb up Paugus.  
Name
Name: GN 
E-Mail
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Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2017-08-06 
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