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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Mt. Rowe, Gunstock Mountain, Belknap Mountain, Piper Mountain, Whiteface Mountain, Mt. Klem, Rand Mountain, West Quarry Mountain, East Quarry Mountain, North Straightback Mountain, Mt. Major, South Straightback Mountain, Mt. Anna, Mt. Mack, NH
Trails
Trails: Ridge Trail, Brook Trail, Saddle Trail, Blue Trail, White Trail, Old Piper Trail, Piper-Whiteface Link, Whiteface Mountain Trail, Round Pond-Piper Link, Red Trail, short bushwhack, Quarry Trail, Quarry Spur Trail, Major-Straightback Link, Major Trail, Blue Trail (Belknap Range Trail), Mack Ridge rail, Round Pond Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, August 12, 2017
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: At 7 am there were few cars in the large Gunstock Mountain Resort ski area parking lot--We got to watch a police officer try to unlock a runner's car. Apparently they were successful since car was no longer in the lot.  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Mud - Minor/Avoidable 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: brooks all dried up 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Blowdowns: Between Anna and Mack after second dried up brook crossing there is a tree that tipped over that could be taken out easily with a hand saw. Descending Round Pond Trail just before Fire Road there is a good size birch that has fallen across the trail. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: At long pond saw a happy three legged dog being a fun dog! 
Bugs
Bugs: Not until the last two miles hiking out Round Pond Trail did the mosquitoes appear and they were hungry.  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: Great day out Belknapping with Bryan! Belknap 12 completed starting and finishing at Gunstock Mt. Resort, 23+ miles. The rain had stopped by the time we met in the parking lot. Damp and humid day but improving all day long (but we didn't get to see Mt. Washington over the big lake too many clouds). Bryan had done this once before back in May '14 and it was something I wanted to do too so we did it! The most difficult section of the day was early on--going down the ledge faces on Belknap and Piper--wet lichen is super slippery. Nice steady effort all day got us back to the car before 6 pm. Trails are in wonderful condition, new construction by the Bratts greatly appreciated as is all their previous work, trails are well blazed and good signs at trial intersections. I am curious why summit signs on West Quarry and Anna are not near their true summits? Whoohoo  
Name
Name: Nordic Gal, bryan 
E-Mail
E-Mail: amybike@gmail.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2017-08-13 
Link
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