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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Blue Mountain - Northeast Peak, Blue Mountain - Northwest Peak, Blue Mountain, NH
Trails
Trails: Bushwhack, Middle Sister Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Friday, May 13, 2016
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: we left one car at white ledge campground in albany (gate still not open so parked outside of it) and drove another around to the kanc parking in a large pulloff on the south side of the road at the bottom of the long north ridge extending from northeast blue.  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Leaves - Significant/Slippery 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: brooks on middle sister trail not a problem today. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: removed the only blowdown of note on middle sister trail. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs
Bugs: black flies lower down, but not as notable on the summits. no ticks found as of yet..... 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: we decided to follow the north ridge of northeast blue up to its summit which was a great choice. good open woods to start with some steep pitches to the first set of ledges along the east side of the ridge which are notable when driving west on the kanc. views were nice down into the hobbs brook valley, pleasant, white ledge and the many peaks in the madison area. more mixed woods with short steep stretches led to some great eastern cliff views higher up the ridge before a nice open woods climb to the summit area. the highpoint is a raised pointed rock and is recognized. from there we dropped down to the pond between northeast and northwest blue hitting one good ledge view not too far down from the summit. some ample hobblebush awaited on the descent, but there was good going around the small pond and a great view across it to the south to the sister ridge. we circled around the north of the pond and climbed very steeply dodging cliffs to find a hikable line up towards northwest blue. at the top of the cliff was a phenomenal vantage point back down to the pond, to northeast blue and most notably to the main peak of blue and the sisters with the rocky spire of chocorua sticking up between. a real jaw dropper. the grade then mellowed up to the long summit ridge of northeast blue which is loaded with tight spruce/fir and blowdown. we crossed over the whole ridge and decided the highest point was to the northwest just before it obviously begins to drop. there was a flourescent string in this area and it's now recognized with a register. a couple other bumps along the way read about the same on the altimeter so due dilligence would suggest traversing the whole ridge is prudent. wanting to hit the col with the main peak of blue we dropped south in spruce to start and hitting more open woods turned east and traversed over to it. from there the woods were open all the way up to the summit area on blue minus some large stretches of hobblebush. there were some nice ledges with increasingly clouded views before the final climb up to the spruce covered recognized highpoint. some evidence remains in this area of the old foot trail that used to go over the summit. we then dropped down towards the col with the sisters finding mostly good woods to the middle sister trail. the trail was in good shape. a little wet up high in its rougher section, but then good mostly dry going down to the campground.  
Name
Name: bryan, Nordic Gal 
E-Mail
E-Mail: bryancuddihee@yahoo.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2016-05-13 
Link
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