|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Mt Passaconaway, NH|
||Oliverian Brook Trail, Walden Trail, Passaconaway View Spur, Square Ledge Trail, Square Ledge Branch, Oliverian Brook Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Sunday, June 10, 2018|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Dry Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Mud - Significant |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||All easily crossed |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||Blowdowns more or less the whole way around, but nothing difficult to step over, duck under, or otherwise bypass. Looks like the junction signage is relatively new. I take back what I said in a previous report about Walden needing a blazing refresh; I wasn't thinking about it being in the wilderness area! |
||Nice trail for dogs that are comfortable scrambling. Bring water for them -- the ridge is pretty dry. |
|Lost and Found:
||Found and carried out a plastic water bottle that someone had stashed in a tree hollow at the four-way junction and a painted rock left atop the summit cairn. Come on, y'all. ||
||Needed Passaconaway for the younger dog and just couldn't bear to see Dicey's Mill again so soon, so we tried this instead. Really nice loop: forgiving footing on which one could make some time down low and a nice array of scrambles and ridge walks higher up. A couple of notably muddy patches, but not too bad. Does make you work a little bit for the available views. I can respect that.|
Had originally meant to just out-and-back the western side of Square Ledge Trail and then grab Passaconaway Cutoff on the way down, but I reached Square Ledge without realizing that was it; I knew I was looking at Paugus, but it was neither squarish nor ledgy! By the time I was sure there wasn't something better coming up, I was already below the one scramble I saw all day that I wasn't feeling super-excited about hoisting the dogs back up. We'd have worked it out if need be, but by that point filtering water sooner rather than later was too tempting.
Even more moose poop on this side of the range than over on Rollins, but (knock wood, cross fingers) no moose today.
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.