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Peaks
Peaks The Bluff, Great Gulf, NH
Trails
Trails: Great Gulf Trail, Great Gulf Link, Osgood Cutoff, Osgood Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Tuesday, July 31, 2018
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Loads of parking at the Great Gulf Trail lot across from Joe Dodge, although some orange cones in the NE section showed where a few spaces seem to have been lost to storm damage. There were five vehicles when I arrived at 7:20 and five when I got back around 11:30. (Some of the former must have belonged to overnight hiking groups that passed me on their descent.) The sign on the road, however, is tiny compared with its predecessor and I drove right past it, quickly realizing my error. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: None on my route. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: A few minor blowdowns on the Great Gulf Link but otherwise all fine. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: None today. There is plenty of water from the Peabody River. 
Bugs
Bugs: Negligible. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: The last 200 yards or so of the Great Gulf Link, to its Trailhead in Dolly Copp Campground, are still officially closed, as a sawhorse with a sign (but no other barrier) informed me. Nonetheless, construction in that section of the campground appears to be finished, no equipment was to be seen, the Link has no closure sign at the Trailhead and several campsites there were occupied (maybe by USFS people and their families?). There probably won't be parking, however, until they officially declare it open.

The Higher Summits forecast called for fog and possible showers above treeline this afternoon so this was my Plan B, with rich redlining yield.

 
Name
Name: Amicus 
E-Mail
E-Mail: mcsamicus@yahoo.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2018-07-31 
Link
Link: http://amicus.smugmug.com/Hiking/2018/Great-Gulf-Redlining-July-31/ 
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