|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Gore Mountain, Mt. Blue, North Blue, NH|
||Logging roads, bushwhack, herd paths|
|Date of Hike:
||Wednesday, October 30, 2013|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Spotted a vehicle near a gate on the road south of Cone Brook (Washburn Road?), then started on a road off Brown Road. Accessible for cars at the moment. |
||Dry Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Mud - Significant, Snow - Trace/Minimal Depth |
|Water Crossing Notes:
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
|Lost and Found:
||Snow line was at around 2,700 feet. Maybe an inch or two up high.|
Followed a series of logging roads much of the way up Gore Mountain from a branch of Brown Road, north of Gore Brook. Pretty mucky in places down low. Had old logging road up to maybe 3,000 feet. Then, some spruce, occasional subpar with snow on the branches. Fortunately the temperature never made it high enough to get the snow wet.
From Gore, we favored the east side of the ridge to Blue (also known as Bunnell Mountain) and eventually hit good moose paths for the final ascent.
From Blue, we went west and almost immediately hit an older logging road, which we followed north. Relatively good going with some nice views in places. As it eventually started to descend, there was a split, at which we went right (northeast). Awhile later, there was another split, where we eventually followed some older skid roads/a herd path down, crossing a newer logging road, and continuing down a herd path to Cleveland Notch, sort of on the eastern side of the meadow.
On the northeastern side of the Notch opening, we found an old woods road, which led much of the way up North Blue. Near a quasi-height of land, a cairn marked a herd path (almost immediately after, we had views to the southeast), which soon led to that recognized summit.
We then doubled back to Cleveland Notch and followed that recently improved logging road back down to the gate where we had spotted, which was maybe a distance of 3-4 miles.
Disclaimer: Reports are not verified - conditions may vary. Use at own risk. Always be prepared when hiking. Observe all signs. Trail conditions reports are not substitutes for weather reports or common sense.