Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Noon Peak, Jennings Peak, Sandwich Dome, NH
Trails: Sandwich Mountain Trail, Jennings Peak Spur, Drakes Brook Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, April 24, 2010
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Lot just off Route 49 was full (about 8 vehicles) just after lunch time. Fee tube still covered up. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Mud, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable), Snow/Ice - Small Patches 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Sandwich Mountain Trail crossing tricky but doable on wet rocks. Drakes Brook Trail crossing also tricky but doable with slightly wet boots. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Trail maintainer was out already doing a second day of work on Sandwich Mountain Trail and was close to Noon Peak in terms of cleanup. Two blowdowns on Jennings Peak spur. I was able to cut about half a dozen blowdowns above the Jennings Peak junction, however about a dozen remain. Upper mile of Drakes Brook Trail is filled with blowdowns. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs: None 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Sandwich Mountain Trail was snow free and mostly dry up to the first Noon Peak vista. Generally dry trail all the way to Jennings Peak, with some patchy monorail (only a few inches deep) and mud in a few places. Barebooted to that peak with ease via this route. Beyond Smarts Brook junction, snow quickly becomes consistent, ranging from 6-20" or so. Firm this morning, but softening up. I used snowshoes to descend back to that junction, in part for the traction. Drakes Brook Trail had patchy snow for the upper 1.5 or so miles, and lots of blowdowns. A few mud patches down low, prior to the road walk.  
Name: rocket21 
E-Mail: rocket21 at franklinwebpublishing dot com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2010-04-24 
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