Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Champney Falls, Pitcher Falls, Middle Sister, NH
Trails: Champney Brook Trail, Falls Loop Trail, Champney Falls Cutoff, Middle Sister Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Friday, January 23, 2015
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: The CBT lot on the Kanc is a thick sheet of ice, but plowed and well sanded. Still, I wouldn't recommend bombing in there. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Ice - Black, Ice - Blue, Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction, Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: No issues. The crossing at Twin Brook is frozen solid. Walk right across. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Various blowdowns, step overs, duckunders, walkarounds and leaners in the switchbacks on CBT and on CFC. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Probably would have been ok. Some icy stretches though. 
Bugs: No way. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: Nothing. 
Comments: CBT is a frozen packed sidewalk all the way up, as is the loop trail down to the falls. CBT has some icy stretches between the loop junctions, but nothing that can't be walked around. Both falls were gorgeously frozen. The rock staircase at the falls took a little negotiating, as it's encased in thick ice. The Cutoff to Middle Sister was lesser traveled, but broken out, with great views before reaching the ridge. MST was the worst of the bunch, very choppy. I carried snowshoes, but they wouldn't have been of any use on the frozen hardpack. Dropping off First Sister took a little route finding and skirting around thick ice. Great views from both Sisters and I could see someone climbing Chocorua. The mostly sunny forecast once again never materialized, but hey, it's always great to be in this area. I wore Hillsounds all day, but some might prefer crampons, especially if continuing up to Chocorua.  
Name: KenM 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2015-01-23 
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