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Peaks
Peaks Mt. Major, NH
Trails
Trails: Boulder Loop, Belknap Range Trail, Brook Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Tuesday, January 9, 2018
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: lot is plowed but still some packed snow/ice which was turning to slush with the "warmer" temps and sunlight. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Ice - Breakable Crust, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Snow/Ice - Postholes 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: a couple small step overs on the yellow trail 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: I started to break trail over to Straightback and noticed that the blue blazes are pretty far apart for winter time.  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: didn't see any 
Bugs
Bugs: Yay winter! 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: there was a mitten on the Mt Major sign at the entrance to the blue trail. 
 
Comments
Comments: First hike of the year. went up the Orange trail with just my spikes, made it after an hour. my snowshoes would have probably been a better ascent choice. I wore my MSR's on the way down. started breaking trail to Straightback but gave up after about a third of a mile(time & light constraints) and went back down the yellow blazed trail.
all three trails (Blue, Orange & Yellow) have a packed walk way. on the yellow there are some parallel snowshoe tracks that I kept too, the occasional posthole occurred.
the summit is nearly completely snow covered, good views when the clouds cleared off. but the wind picked up and became a factor to start moving again.

enjoy!  
Name
Name: Ashen-Shugar 
E-Mail
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Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2018-01-09 
Link
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