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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Piper Mountain, Swett Mountain, NH
Trails
Trails: Whiteface Mountain Trail, Piper-Whiteface Link, Vista Trail, Swett Mountain Trail, Valley View Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, October 4, 2015
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Parked at the end of Belknap Mountain Road in Gilford. Room for 3 or 4 cars. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: One easy hop on the lower section of Whiteface Mountain Trail 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: All trails well blazed. The dark green blazes on the Swett Mountain Trail are a little hard to see. I cleared a couple medium sized blow downs on the Valley View Trail and a small blow down on the Piper-Whiteface Link. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: All trails are good for dogs EXCEPT Valley View Trail. The talus slope on the Valley View Trail would be very difficult for a dog. Some may be able to do it but be cautious. 
Bugs
Bugs: None aside from a few flies 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: Nothing 
 
Comments
Comments: Some more redlining in the Belknaps today. Took on the hardest trail in the range, Valley View Trail. Vista Trail and Swett Mountain Trail see much less use than the others in the area. Still pretty easy to follow. One short steep scramble on the Swett Mountain Trail right near its junction with the Vista Trail. Some great open woods walking mixed in with some ledges. The Valley View Trail was not as difficult as I had thought it would be but it still demands respect. I went counter-clockwise down the talus and up the ledge. I think next time I would rather do it in the other direction. The talus section was the most challenging portion of the trail. Had to carefully watch footing as to not slip into deep holes/gaps in the rock. The ledges were wet under the tree cover and dry in the open. All other trails were generally dry with a few seeps here and there on the ledges.  
Name
Name: Skidder 
E-Mail
E-Mail: stephen.kidder@yahoo.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2015-10-04 
Link
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