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Peaks
Peaks Pond Hill , NH
Trails
Trails: Snowmobile trail, bushwhack
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, April 14, 2018
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: from Route 2 in Jefferson we took Ingerson Rd to Pond Safety Rd for just under 3 miles and parked on the side. There was no posting on the road stating not to use or closed gates as the Pond Safety Rd was starting the meltdown, getting pretty muddy. I'm thinking it may be difficult in the next few weeks to drive until temps warm up and the road dry's out. I'm driving a 4 wheel drive truck with lots of clearance.  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Wet Trail, Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Ice - Breakable Crust, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Snow - Wet/Sticky, Snow - Spring Snow, Snow/Ice - Postholes 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: several  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes:  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs
Bugs:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: Really nice hike to this New Hampshire 300 Highest and 2000-Footer. We started off following a snowmobile trail heading north. Soon enough this trail started turning west and we jumped off as I opted to throw on my snowshoes to avoid punching through the soft snow. Mary was fine just bare-booting.

We keep climbing north heading towards the col in nice woods, lots of drainage from nearby smaller pond / swamps, lots of moose activity and finding a few moose bones along the way. Once at the col things leveled off for a bit as we turned more northeast and started climbing the last few hundred feet of elevation to the recognized high point and summit jar.

We more or less followed our footsteps back to the car but did a little exploring finding a small moose antler.

After getting beat-up in some thick and nasty bushwhacking sections these past few weeks this was welcoming change in open woods all the way at a moderate grade to the summit. Another great adventure with my beautiful bride seeing lots of bear, moose, coyote and turkey tracks along the way.
 
Name
Name: Brian Bond 
E-Mail
E-Mail: BrianBond@comcast.net 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2018-04-15 
Link
Link: http:// 
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