|Hiking Trail Conditions Report
|North Tripyramid, Middle Tripyramid, South Tripyramid, Mt. Whiteface, Mt. Passaconaway, NH
|Pine Bend Brook Trail, Mt. Tripyramid Trail, bushwhack, Kate Sleeper Trail, Rollins Trail, Dicey's Mill Trail
|Date of Hike:
|Thursday, December 8, 2016
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
|Got dropped off at PBB so didn't have to shovel out a spot.
|Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow - Drifts
|Water Crossing Notes:
|Pine Bend Brook Trail's numerous stream crossings were easy. Watch out for half frozen mud pits in first couple of miles. Dicey's Mill crossing was an easy combo of rock and log hopping.
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
|A few blowdowns and leaners on Kate Sleeper, Rollins, and Dicey's, a couple of which are going to be interesting crawl unders if/when we get more snow!
|Saw some snow spiders hanging out on the snow (and was careful not to step on them).
|Lost and Found:
|Lost an black Kombi mitten on lower Dicey's. It is old and duct taped but has a tiny bit of sentimental value, so would be happy to get it back. There is a lost and found milk crate at Ferncroft.
|Wore snowshoes from the sharp left turn at beginning of the steeps of PBB until the Rollins-Dicey's junction, breaking trail thru 5-7" fresh powder. Trail breaking was not terribly difficult, but ~10 miles solo was a bit more cardio than I'd bargained for. Texted Fancypants from Middle Tri saying I'd be a bit slower than planned. ;p
Bushwhacked off South Tri once again in order to avoid slide sections. Kate Sleeper--I'm gonna miss her--was a joy, with fresh tracks of I think just about every White Mtn. mammal represented... including those of a BLACK BEAR in three different spots. (Shouldn't they be napping now??) Lots of recent moose activity on Passaconaway end of Rollins; the bark is apparently yummy in that area because many trees are being stripped by them.
FP ascended Dicey's and together we climbed Passaconaway. There didn't seem to be as much snow on Dicey's--and it was the only trail that had seen foot traffic this day. We removed snowshoes and barebooted the rest of the way. Lights needed for last 10 minutes although moon helped as it is nearing full.
Yes, bring snowshoes!!
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.