|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Piper Mountain, NH|
||Whiteface Mountain Trail, Piper-Whiteface Link|
|Date of Hike:
||Monday, February 1, 2016|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Plowed turnaround at the end of Belknap Mountain Road. |
||Dry Trail, Ice - Blue, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Snow - Spring Snow, Slush |
||Light Traction |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||Rock hop on snow/ice free rocks. |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||One stepover and one leaner, both about 6-8" diameter, just above the Whiteface junction. |
|Lost and Found:
||April conditions this afternoon.|
Whiteface Mountain Trail up to the stone wall alternated between melting blue ice bulges, minor mud, dry trail, and occasional spring snow. Some may prefer wearing light traction, but I was able to boot it with care.
Above the junction, there were extended areas of dry/bare trail, however there were also extended blue ice bulges. I was able to bareboot with care for the ascent, but opted to wear Microspikes (Microspike?) on one foot for the descent, so that I could have traction on the ice as well as on the dry, angled ledges that otherwise make Microspikes a liability.
The short stretch on the ridge had slush and minor blue ice.
Disclaimer: Reports are not verified - conditions may vary. Use at own risk. Always be prepared when hiking. Observe all signs. Trail conditions reports are not substitutes for weather reports or common sense.