Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Prospect, NH
Trails: Unnamed trail, herd path, bushwhack
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Friday, October 6, 2017
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Informal on shoulder of Mt. Prospect Road in Holderness. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Rock hoppable. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Noted a few blowdowns had been removed. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs: None 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Trail was generally dry with just a few damp places from this morning's showers. Mudpit is still dry. Foliage is starting to pop.

From the summit, I continued about 0.15 mile northeast to the good viewpoint, then followed a faint herd path (cross over a stonewall, then look for mossy old cairns) another 0.15 mile north. At this point, I was at a cairn on a ledge, and to the right was an opening to a slanted view ledge (looking at The Button and beyond); this is just prior to the first bump shown on the USGS.

I descended the view ledge a dozen or two feet on some larger rocks, then took an immediate left. Just to my left, almost under the slanted view ledge, was a cavern, probably 15-20 feet deep. I didn't look around too much, as I didn't want to fall in, but I believe this is the Miser's Cave, as described in old guidebooks. I suspect one would need a rope to get in/out of it.

I returned to the cairn and went north to the northernmost bump, occasionally finding old cairns, a tin blaze, a neat opening in a stonewall, and an old firepit.

This was my first time consciously looking for the cave...was neat to (most likely) find it, after reading about it years ago.  
Name: rocket21 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2017-10-06 
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