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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Mt. Crawford, Stairs Mountain, NH
Trails
Trails: Davis Path, Mt. Crawford Spur, Giant Stairs Spur
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, July 8, 2018
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Fantastic parking lot right off of 302. Please remember the very end of the lot is private, spaces for the folks fortunate enough to live across the river in such a nice area. The beginning of the hike passes through private land, a big THANK YOU to the landowners for their access. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Bemis Bridge takes you over the Saco River at the beginning of the hike. There is a much smaller stream to cross shortly afterward, that has its own two little planks. There are some very stony dry beds further up. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: A few blowdowns, no big deal. This is almost completely in the Presidential Range/Dry River Wilderness; so although there are lovely new signs, do not expect mileage info or fresh blazes (there are older blazes fading away). Good signs indicating legal camp sites. Thanks! 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: 1. One of the homes near the beginning has a large dog that may bark at yours. 2. We saw several dogs, they all seemed to enjoy this hike. 3. Once you pass the two water crossings, this is a very dry hike. There were puddles and very meager streams, so carry twice what you think your dog will need. 4.WATCH THOSE LEDGES!!!!!!! 
Bugs
Bugs: A few skeets. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: One of those canvass portable dog water bowls was left in the parking lot when we came back. 
 
Comments
Comments: One of the nicest days I've had! It is steep up to Mt. Crawford, but seemed easier than 2004 (yeah, that long ago, listened to Red Sox getting close to becoming American League champions on a tiny Walkman), probably because I've done a lot since then. Broke out of the woods faster than anticipated. Beautiful blue sky and great views. Stairs looked so far away, but a good portion is relatively flat, so it went by more quickly than usual - until we came to the ascent to Stairs (steep and rocky). Had a good nap on Stairs, hope to camp there in the near future (will probably go from Jericho Road for that trip). The trip from Crawford to Stairs reminded me of the Hancocks - relatively flat until you get there and then a steep climb. Made me think of Garfield as well, with its pleasant foot bed. Pictures and videos of the views from Stairs don't even come close to doing it justice. Nice people and nice dogs.  
Name
Name: Beckie and Prema 
E-Mail
E-Mail: beckiejani@yahoo.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2018-07-08 
Link
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