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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks South Engine Hill, NH
Trails
Trails: Rocky Branch Trail, bushwhack
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Rocky Branch Trailhead parking on Route 16 is large and there was just one car there (I suspect people camping since there were no tracks in the snow and the car was gone when I returned). 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Snow - Trace/Minimal Depth, Wet Trail, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Standing/Running Water on Trail 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: all easily rock hop-able 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: There are no blazes on the Rocky Branch Trail, not even to the Wilderness Boundary. Trail is clear and there are few stone steps but could use a thousand more.... 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: sure why not 
Bugs
Bugs: none 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: There was no snow at the trailhead in the morning other than a trace, I think it may have snowed a little last night at higher elevations. Lovely obstructed views East and South along the Rocky Branch Trail below the Wilderness boundary. About an half an inch, maybe an inch of snow above 2000 feet, rocks in trail stuck up and were dry and grippy. There was no ice. After passing the boundary sign I jumped into the woods and headed straight for the summit. I zigged and zagged trying to avoid blow downs and anything thick, I managed pretty well. I think I hit a few herd paths. Snow never got any deeper than two inches of dry fluff. I liked the colder temperature and the sunshine. At the open ledgy wind blown area that I am sure must have a fine vista but white fluffy clouds were low at 3500 feet blocking stunning vistas of nearby big peaks. I zigged zagged about the summit area and walked past the register three times (it is near that rock in an open area, not directly on the highpoint bump). I had a fun time walking around the broad summit, not the most open woods but nice woods and the going was nice. I zoomed off the summit following my tracks in the snow back to the trail. Terrific taste of winter to come.  
Name
Name: Nordic Gal 
E-Mail
E-Mail: amybike@gmail.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2016-10-26 
Link
Link: http:// 
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