Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Gunstock Mountain, Belknap Mountain, Piper Mountain, Whiteface Mountain, NH
Trails: Gunstock Mountain Trail, Brook Trail, Saddle Trail, Blue Trail, White Trail, Old Piper Trail, Piper-Whiteface Link, Whiteface Mountain Trail, Piper Mountain Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Room for two or three cars to the left of the closed gate on Carriage Road. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: None 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Thanks go to the Belknap Range Trail Tenders (BRATTS) for the outstanding trails, colored blazes, signs, and cairns. There is one old fallen tree in the Piper Mountain Trail maybe half way down off the ridge. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: No problems. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: If you enjoy snowshoeing and want a break from the usual NH48, get this hike while you can. No ice, and snow depth varies from 4 to 12 inches, except for the partially and fully bare summits on Piper and Whiteface respectfully. Parts of Piper Mountain Trail are choppy from bare booters, but otherwise there is a good snowshoe track for virtually the entire route. With a little bushwhacking and soft-shoeing, I was able to stay in snowshoes throughout. Adding the Whiteface out-and-back to the usual Piper loop makes for a respectable outing -- about 8.5 miles and 2700 feet gain. A couple days of colder weather are forecast, so the trails should be good rest of the week into the weekend.

Name: John C. 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2017-03-21 
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