|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||South Engine Hill, NH|
||Rocky Branch Trail, bushwhack|
|Date of Hike:
||Saturday, February 25, 2017|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable), Snow - Wet/Sticky, Snow - Spring Snow, Snow/Ice - Postholes |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||No issues up to the wilderness boundry. I was on my way out too early to run into anyone to ask about Isolation. There were folks headed that way. |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||The track is off the trail in many places. |
|Lost and Found:
||I started out on the packed Rocky branch trail in snowshoes, which were a must due to softening snow. There are some post-holes both from barebooters and snowshoes. The center of the trail is a monorail, which was soft in places. I was postholing occasionally w/snowshoes+flotation tails. I missed what I guess is a bushwhack that is being used right now, and the snowshoe track dead-ended. I continued on, on mainly supportive snow, to where the trail rejoined the current track. I walked up to just beyound the wilderness boundry and launched a bushwhack southwest towards the ridge. As I went up I adjusted more south. I thought I might see Bill Cronin's track, however I saw no sign of it until I was close to the highpoint. The snow was supportive, alternating with sudden deep sinking. The woods were open all the way to the recognized highpoint. I followed my tracks out.|
A note to Bill Cronin who was just up there: the remanence of your tracks go within spiting distance of the recognized highpoint. You are likely correct that it was under snow, as it was just above the surface today and a fair amount has likely melted off.
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.