Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks East Kineo, NH
Trails: Bushwhack, Mt. Kineo Trail, Donkey Hill Cutoff, Three Ponds Trail, Hubbard Brook Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: I parked near the bottom of the road for the Mt. Kineo Trail, and left a bike by the Hubbard Brook Trail head saving me 1.5 mile of road walking. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Mud - Significant 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes:  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: The trails I was redlining today get very little use. As such, there were a lot of blowdowns, significant mud, beaver activity impacting trails.... opportunities for wading across the trail! :-)  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Skipper had a water feast all day long. 
Bugs: some... but not too bad 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: The trails were so overgrown and "grabby" that I lost two pens, one bandana and a ziplock bag with a map blowup (glad I had the original map in my pack... as I needed it today). 
Comments: The Three Ponds Trail north of the shelter was very difficult to follow at times. I lost it once where a logging road enters in from the west (you can see this on the map). Infrequent blazing. No recent trail maintenance meant at times looking for faint footpaths through hobble bush. I brought out my compass on a couple of occasions. Numerous muddy and wet sections near beaver ponds and mountain wetlands.

If you're redlining... do these trails soon before a few more years of woods growth and trail neglect make the trails even harder to follow.

That said.... getting past the muddy feet... it was very, very, beautiful country I traveled through today.  
Name: Damselfly 
E-Mail: btzimr at gmail dot com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2013-08-01 
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