Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks None, NH
Trails: Cobble Hill Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, December 3, 2017
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: There's room for a few cars in a pulloff before the closed gate. There was one car there when we arrived but we never saw anyone hiking. There was another vehicle on our departure, perhaps that of a guy and a dog we saw go off into the woods on some thicker softwood, only to hear repetitive beacon sounds. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Both water crossings jumped their banks and ran down the old road. They are easily crossed now. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Cobble Hill to the FS boundary/HOL is generally in typical old road condition except for the stretch that turned into a rocky streambed due to the stream jumping its bank. There are some blocking blowdowns. Beyond the HOL down to Gale Chandler (Google Maps)/Chandler Pond (DeLorme) road the trail is mostly partially washed out with one large area of likely very muddy/soft soils stiffened by the cold right now. The FS trail sign off 112 says 2.1 miles to the HOL area and 3.5 to Landaff. There is no trail sign at the northern end; no street signs either. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Pepper had fun. Easy walking. 
Bugs: None 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: None 
Comments: There are some signs of expected logging, a few road stakes, some ribbons and a pickup truck above the gate with a USDA contractor sign in it. But no work has begun; there's no heavy equipment on site.

It was a pleasant stroll along an old forest road which itself was an old town road through open hardwoods. There were some nice stands of pines, white birch, hemlock and more. We had never gone far beyond the HOL on our previous hikes so it was interesting to walk that section. Although it is badly washed out, it doesn't affect a hiker all that much. Incredibly, someone drove a pickup truck up it from the north to the HOL relatively recently. They must like driving at an angle more than me. There are no views per se, but in the north section the old road is well above the valley floor and one can see peaks and valley features through the open woods.  
Name: Pepper and Me 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2017-12-03 
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