Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Middle Sister, NH
Trails: Champney Brook Trail, Middle Sister Trail, Middle Sister Cut Off
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Friday, January 15, 2016
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: parking well cleared. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Ice - Black, Ice - Blue, Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Ice - Breakable Crust, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Snow - Drifts 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: like others i walked east on the kanc then walked up brook bank to avoid the first water crossing right out of parking lot. other small brooks were a non-issue.  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes:  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: the lower trail had some powder over hard pack and ice and was heavily tracked out to the falls loop. i went with snowshoes the whole hike, but others would probably prefer spikes for much of the route. beyond the falls loop the trail had seen one set of recent tracks to the ridge. the section between the ends of the falls loop had more ice under the powder and some more exposed rock. above that was pretty good going to the ridge but for one flow section i actually bushwhacked around on the way down given its proximity to a steep drop off the trail. snow increased higher up with some drifting to the middle sister junction. the middle sister trail was untracked of late and as the trail popped up out of the woods there was a mix of boiler plate and ice with drifted snow on top. some drifted areas were knee deep and the going was actually quite fun given the lack of snow this winter especially between first and middle sisters where there was no notable ice to contend with. i drifted off the trail a couple times by accident and also on purpose to avoid icy sections. the new radio repeater on the summit is interesting. views became obscured by clouds moving in, but i still had some nice looks to nearby peaks. the cutoff had also not seen recent use and had great drifted powder snow over a hard, but rarely icy, base. going down champney brook was pickier than heading up as the ice under the snow was more of an issue. a nice dump of snow will do wonders.  
Name: bryan 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2016-01-15 
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