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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Jennings Peak, NH
Trails
Trails: Sandwich Mountain Trail, Drakes Brook Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, January 25, 2015
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Parking Lot is plowed 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Drakes Brook is ice bridged at trail crossings 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes:  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs
Bugs:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: Parking lot for Sandwich Mt Trail is plowed. I made it up to top lot, but someone in a Saab could not. The Drakes Brook crossing was ice bridged and not a problem.

In general the trails are well packed and sort of bony. There was 2-3 inches of fresh powder on top of the hard pack. Sandwich Mt Trail has some extremely steep pitches just below Noone Peak. These were really icy. I was glad I had my crampons on. They were border line for Hillsounds. Microspikes would have been just plain bad.
Once past Noone Peak one could bare boot, but I kept the crampons on since they make climbing the occasional steep pitch easy. There was some light drifting in spots. I appeared to be the only person who took this route today.

Jennings Peak and clear cold skies made for wonderful views in many directions.

The descent via Drakes Brook was a piece of cake trail and uneventful. I met a party of 2 coming up Drakes Brook Trail who planning to hike Jennings Peak and descend via Sandwich Mt Trail. I cautioned against descending via Sandwich Mt trail as they didn't really have any traction except for some low budget snowshoes. I hope they took my advice. This crossing of Drakes Brook was also ice bridged and easy.
 
Name
Name: Jazzbo 
E-Mail
E-Mail: rdcaron@rcn.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2015-01-25 
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