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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Mt. Wachusett, MA
Trails
Trails: Bolton Pond Trail, Balance Rock Trail, Old Indian Trail, Semulhenna Trail, Harrington Trail, Link Trail, Mountain House Trail, road walk
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, March 14, 2021
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: few spots left at 12:15 pm for us time change late risers 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Trace/Minimal Depth, Ice - Breakable Crust, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes:  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes:  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: saw a few  
Bugs
Bugs:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: Spring to winter conditions as after a speedy, fast start in the sunshine the cold front rolled in when we summitted, with snow blowing sideways all of a sudden. We took the requisite summit photo then headed right back down. Spikes the entire day. Most of the summit proper was snow free but we kept our spikes on anyway for that short section. Avoided Harrington's icy steep last 0.2 mi in favor of Link Trail to Mountain House.

On descent the snow picked up and the initial dusting over ice made the auto road and trails very slippery; the most capable hiker among us us fell about 6x. After descending the few steep spots on Semulhenna the inch or so of snow began sticking so we slipped less. Most folks were in spikes although no hike is complete without a tennis-shoed, spikeless hiker attempting descent on a blue iced trail. By the time we were back to the car the winds and snow had picked up and it felt more like January.

Hard to prediction what the trails will be like in a few days with a warm up; probably will still have a hard ice monorail but many spots are already muddy and snowless.  
Name
Name: TwinMom+1 
E-Mail
E-Mail: mk@mkmarinac.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2021-03-14 
Link
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