Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks North Percy Peak, South Percy Peak, NH
Trails: Pond Brook Falls Trail, Trio Trail, Percy Loop Trail, Percy Peaks Trail, herd path, road walk
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, September 3, 2016
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Mine was the only vehicle at the Pond Brook Falls parking area on Nash Stream Road at start and finish. Room for a few others there. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: One over Pond Brook is bridged. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: These trails are well blazed and signed - no significant issues to report. Kudos to the CTA for their fine work in this area and opening these new trails. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Didn't see any. 
Bugs: None. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: Nothing. 
Comments: I intended to do a traditional Percy Peaks --> Percy Loop circle until I got some intel from two Cohos Trail section hikers about the recently opened Pond Brook Falls and Trio Trail - both links on the CT...and I'm very glad I checked them out. The Pond Brook Falls trail gets you to the excellent falls within a minute or two and then starts climbing adjacent to them. Then the Trio Trail meanders below Long Mountain eventually ending at the Percy Tentsite. The footing is mostly very good and very soft throughout on these two segments. No issues on the 'standard' trails or the unofficial trail to South Percy. The final ascent to North Percy was nice and dry making for no problems in terms of footing. For this almost loop ending at the Percy Loop trailhead the distance for the road walk is 1.9 miles...unless some kind folks driving by give you a ride :)

Wanting something good but also trying to stay away from the crowds I came here and was not disappointed: there were only four people when I got to the North Peak and when I left after about an hour or so. On South Peak there were only two others who followed me up to the summit. I did encounter a handful of folks around the col but there was absolutely no one on these two CT segments. In fact there wasn't even anybody at the falls when I got back so I enjoyed that for a while in solitude also. With the perfect weather views were outstanding from both summits. Mission accomplished.  
Name: HMJ 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2016-09-04 
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