|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Currier Mountain, Mt. Dartmouth, NH|
||Logging roads, bushwhacks|
|Date of Hike:
||Saturday, October 12, 2013|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Parked at a gated logging road off the side of Mill Brook Road (off Cherry Mountain Road). |
||Dry Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Mud - Significant |
|Water Crossing Notes:
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||Some biting flies (about the size of deer ticks) that were a little vexing when standing still. |
|Lost and Found:
||Initial logging road walk was mostly dry with a few minor mud patches. When then went uphill at a large older clearcut, which was rather muddy (on descent, we stayed off to the side in the woods, which were dry). Toward the top of the clearcut, we hopped onto an old logging road and followed it much of the way to the col south of Currier.|
While we saw evidence of the old trail, we ended up bushwhacking much of the small cone up Currier (from the south), which had some occasional thick scrub and blowdown. While we could find any sign of the long gone fire tower, we did find some of the communications wire on the north side of the summit. Excellent directional views from the ledges (especially if you drop down maybe 15 vertical feet onto them).
Back in the south col, we slabbed up to Dartmouth, sort of following the ridge. Near the false northwest bump, we started hitting thicker stuff and some blowdown, before things eased up near the recognized highpoint.
For the descent, we dropped down the north slope, then slabbed northwest, running more of a direct line back to Currier. Much better woods. Pretty good going in fact. We then reclimbed Currier (in part to go to the ledges again, now that the sun wasn't directly in front of us, obscuring views), then attempted to follow the old trail that wrapped around the northeast and north, but only had it in places (as evidenced by old footbed and the communications wire). We eventually then just bushwhacked west through mostly open woods and back to the main logging road. While I had heard about a herd path all the way to Currier, I didn't see any evidence of anything as prominent as the bootleg path to The Nubble.
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