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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Wachusett Mountain, MA
Trails
Trails: Bolron Pond Trail, Balance Rock Trail, Old Indian Trail, bushwhack, Semuhenna Trail, road walk, Mountain House Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Tuesday, January 1, 2019
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Lot had plenty of space. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Mud - Significant, Leaves - Significant/Slippery, Snow/Ice - Small Patches 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Easy stepovers, but sometimes the whole darn trail was running water! 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Balance Rock trailhead is difficult to find and not clearly marked. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Dogs hiked, seemed happy, cold in the wind but I guess they have fur coats! 
Bugs
Bugs: Nope 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: Easy hike, but very muddy and wet. When we reached West Sidw trail, we took the road up and back from there, except that we used some of Mountain House Trail to ascend. Some trails not usable in winter as they cross the slopes, so we had to "bushwhack" along the slope up to one of the roads to take a different trail. Finding Balance Rock Trail is confusing; we took an old unmarked path, thinking it was the Balance Rock Trail, and ended up on Bolton Pond Trail entirely by accident on the ascent. Outstanding views for relatively little effort, but very cold in the wind; not much protection from elemwnts, especially on thw roads and aummit. Occasional icy patches, easily avoideed BUT there was one under leaves that got me, so be careful!  
Name
Name: The Ridge Warrior 
E-Mail
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Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2019-01-01 
Link
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