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Peaks
Peaks Gap Mountain - North Peak, Gap Mountain - South Peak, NH
Trails
Trails: Metacomet-Monadnock Trail, herd paths
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, December 3, 2017
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Lots of room in the lot off Bullard Rd in Jaffrey. Everyone must have been across the street at Mt. Monadnock... 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Ice - Breakable Crust, Mud - Minor/Avoidable 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Only major crossing was easily rock hopped. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: M-M Trail was easy to follow and in good shape. Herd paths between North and South peaks required good eyes to follow. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs
Bugs: Believe it or not, I saw a swarm near the summit of North Peak, despite the temperature being in the mid 30s. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: The route was mostly dry, with some areas of minor mud and wet ground/rock. One avoidable patch of breakable crust ice near the summit of North Peak. From North Peak, I took a herd path down the eastern side of the mountain to the north end of a talus field, then followed another herd path (hard to follow) to a more well-defined herd path, which led to the summit of South Peak, which was wooded with a good directional viewpoint nearby, and had a large cairn.

Very quiet day on Gap Mountain, which I hadn't hiked since summer 2012. Nice views of Monadnock, and a good little workout in a modest distance. Only saw three people the whole time- everyone must have been hiking Mt. Monadnock. Oh well, more mountain for me! If you plan to go over to the south peak, though, use care when following the herd paths, as it can be easy to lose them.  
Name
Name: Spencer 
E-Mail
E-Mail:  
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2017-12-03 
Link
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