Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks East Royce Mountain, West Royce Mountain, NH
Trails: East Royce Trail, Royce Connector, Royce Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, July 5, 2015
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Parking at a small lot at the height-of-land along Rt. 113 in Evans Notch. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Mud - Significant 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Several, but nothing major. The ERT crosses over the top of a waterfall right at the beginning which is cool. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: All trails in good shape. Recent evidence of blowdown clearing on the RT from what looks like a significant weather event. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Good, as long as they like rugged trails! 
Bugs: One bothersome bee on the RT who would not leave me alone. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: Nothing and nothing. 
Comments: Hiking two states in one day! Spontaneous decision to hike this 52WAV peak (West Royce, in New Hampshire) since I was camping up north for the weekend. And since East Royce (in Maine) was on the way... The climb starts out immediately UP from the parking lot as you climb out of the notch and doesn't let up until the East Royce summit ledges. Great views from here over to the Baldfaces and West Royce. The actual summit, 0.1 mi. beyond, is wooded. From here I retraced my steps back down to the RC and headed over to West Royce. Lovely walking through here, it feels wild and remote even though you are less than three miles from the road. Lots of mud along the RT between the RC and the Burnt Mill Brook junction, including one small flooded section. Due to not doing my usual level of research, I was not aware this was also a fire tower peak and completely missed the old footings. :( As for it being on the 52WAV list, it might be time to remove it, as there is one obscured view over the trees from the summit ledge. There are various herd paths up there to other outlooks. Overall, a great hike though, with steep and rugged terrain. It's made me really curious to see what the Basin Rim Trail is like.  
Name: KenM 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2015-07-05 
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