Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Wachusett Mountain, MA
Trails: Bicenntenital Trail, Mountain House Trail, Old Indian Trail, West Side Trail, Semuhenna Trail, Loop Trail, Link Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, December 28, 2019
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: A few spots left at the vistor center at 10:30, but nearly full all day according to the ranger. Completely full lot at ski area. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Snow - Trace/Minimal Depth, Wet Trail, Ice - Blue, Wet/Slippery Rock, Ice - Breakable Crust, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Leaves - Significant/Slippery, Snow/Ice - Small Patches 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: none to speak off 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes:  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: lots of dogs, most on leashes. 
Bugs: none 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: What a mish-mash of conditions! Scary ice on some steep sections, and microspikes were barely acceptable in those spots, particularly on the descent. Otherwise, microspikes would be fine and even bare boots on some of the places with good sun exposure (parts of Bicentennial). Microspikes are recommended on most of the icy trails, and very careful maneuvering in the steep areas with solid ice. We saw lots of skid marks on the ice, even from people with traction. We saw some with no traction and they were envious of our microspikes and wished they had them. I mentioned that they were probably cheaper than their emergency co-pay.  
Name: nchill 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2019-12-28 
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