|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Mt. Surprise, Mt. Moriah (attempt), NH|
|Date of Hike:
||Monday, January 8, 2018|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Bangor Rd is plowed, no issues |
||Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow - Drifts |
|Water Crossing Notes:
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||At least a dozen blowdowns that will require chainsaw crews. Between 0.75 and 0.5 mile from summit (as crow flies)--well above the ledges--we encountered a half-dozen downed trees over 6 inches diameter. We abandoned at that point, so no info for remainder of route |
||Would have been very difficult for a dog |
|Lost and Found:
||Three of us started at 9 and encountered unbroken calf- to knee-deep snow at the trailhead. Snow was completely unconsolidated powder, although there was often a solid base. The higher we went the deeper the snow; some drifts were waist-deep. The ledges were a problem due to lack of traction but we made it up. We had the occasional route-finding issue but what really slowed us down was simply the slow plod through the snow. We could sometimes sense a crust deep down, but it was non weight-supporting.|
We were joined by a couple who caught up to us near Mt Surprise, and helped out with the breaking for an hour or two before they disappeared back down the trail.
At 4 pm, after a steady 7 hours on the trail and after encountering a succession of blowdowns (see above) we pulled the plug, and came out under headlamps. It took only 3 hours to reach the trailhead.
Disclaimer: Reports are not verified - conditions may vary. Use at own risk. Always be prepared when hiking. Observe all signs. Trail conditions reports are not substitutes for weather reports or common sense.