Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Middle Sister, NH
Trails: Champney Falls Trail, Champney Falls Loop, Middle Sister Trail, Champney Falls Cutoff
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, December 6, 2015
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: I was the only one in the Champney Falls lot @ 8AM. It was almost half full when I returned in the early afternoon. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Ice - Black, Snow - Trace/Minimal Depth, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Ice - Breakable Crust, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Leaves - Significant/Slippery, Snow/Ice - Small Patches 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Some of the rocks at the first crossing on the Champney Falls Trail were slick and a bit icy this morning but could be navigated. No issues otherwise. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Trails are in good shape. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: I saw a few this afternoon including one struggling to get up an icy spot on the Champney Falls Trail. 
Bugs: Nope. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: Nothing. 
Comments: The Champney Falls Trail is easily barebooted up to maybe 2.25 miles and then ice and/or frozen ground with packed traces of snow made things slick. I put on my microspikes here and left them on until I popped out of the trees about to ascend the First Sister. I also wore them on descent of First Sister en route to Middle Sister and then the entire Champney Falls Cutoff on my way out. I was in the microspike minority today - and the on/off routine was a minor nuisance - but I encountered some folks later in the day who wished they had them and another who slipped right in front of me.

I'd like to thank yesterday's poster of their Middle Sister trip as until I read that last night I had no idea where I was going for a hike today and that report lit the light bulb. Warm temps, abundant sun, stunning views and a nap on Middle Sister fit the bill quite nicely. Except for two twosomes going in opposite directions I didn't see anyone else on the Sisters today. A stolen December day I'd say.  
Name: HMJ 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2015-12-06 
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