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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Mt. Resolution, Stairs Mountain, NH
Trails
Trails: Rocky Branch Trail, Stairs Col Trail, Davis Path, Mt. Parker Trail, herd path, bushwhack, Stairs Mountain Spur
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, August 6, 2017
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: At the end of Jericho Road. The section of road beyond the turnaround is VERY gravelly. Drive slow. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Several crossings on this route, none of them an issue. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Several minor blowdowns on RBT and SCT, all mostly stepovers. One waist high blowdown on RBT has been there a while and has a herd path around it. SCT has some eroded sections on the steeps. MPT between DP and Resolution is brushy in spots but hey, it's a wilderness trail. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Sure. Lots of water around right now. 
Bugs
Bugs: Hardly any! Just a few mosquitoes along the river. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: Nothing. 
 
Comments
Comments: All trails were damp / wet from the rain yesterday.

RBT is flat and unexciting but gets you there quickly. Just a few areas of mud. Water crossings were low.

SCT starts out brushy but then opens up along the logging road section. The steeps have some running water and a few of the rock steps are being eroded away. The upper section has some wet, slippery, mossy slabs.

I went up Resolution first. MPT is its usual eroded self until the big ledge. Small cairns mark the way on the ledges. From the main view ledge on the SW knob, I followed a herd path that departed from a gravelly clearing / campsite. This led a short distance to the high point for that knob, which is marked by three different cairns. Take your pick I guess. :) I attempted the bushwhack to the actual high point of the mountain on the NE knob, but it got super dense really quick and I didn't feel like fighting it.

DP between the two peaks was mostly wet, with some running water in the trail. I had forgotten how rough the climb is up to Stairs. The scrambles were wet but doable with care. The summit ledges were dry. No one at the campsites.

Crazy windy on both summits today, more so on Resolution. Very quiet out there, I only saw six people all day.  
Name
Name: KenM 
E-Mail
E-Mail: kmacgray@gmail.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2017-08-06 
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