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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Moran Notch Mountain (West Muise) & Cranberry Bog Notch Peak, NH
Trails
Trails: Cohos Trail, Woods Roads, Bushwhack, Herd Paths, gated Columbia Rd and road walk on Nash Stream Rd
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, June 9, 2018
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: We followed Nash Stream Road to the very end and parked between the two gated woods roads 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Mud - Significant 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: no issues 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes:  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs
Bugs: yup .... lots 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: Moran Notch Peak is on the NH300 Highest and Cranberry Bog Notch Peak is on the New Hampshire 2000-footer list. We started off on the Cohos Trail at the end of Nash Stream Rd and followed it until just under 2300 ft of elevation. Cohos Trail turned right, and we continued straight on an old muddy woods road and now herd path. After crossing Nash Stream, we started bushwhacking up some very steep terrain and picking up the southwest ridge. We picked up several old woods roads and hit the recognized high point.

After signing in we dropped back down that southwest ridge picking up other woods roads / herd paths heading toward the col before our next destination, Cranberry Bog Notch Peak.
Once through the col thing got steep, we had to dodge some ledge outcrops here and there and back into nice woods to the recognized high point. The existing register, a pill bottle had lost a battle with what I’m thinking a black bear. It was chewed up quite a bit and I replaced it with a new glass jar and note pad.

For our hike back, we jumped off the summit heading south in nice woods, turned southwest, picked up a gated Columbia Rd that brought us to Nash Stream Road and back to our truck.

Nice loop hike clocking in 7.75 miles and 1850 elevation gain
 
Name
Name: Brian Bond 
E-Mail
E-Mail: brianbond@comcast.net 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2018-06-10 
Link
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