Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Smarts Brook, NH
Trails: Pine Flat XC Trail, Yellow Jacket XC Trail, Smarts Brook Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, December 24, 2017
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Smarts Brook parking area off NH-49 was plowed. Exposed asphalt was slick which made for tricky footing once out of the car 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Small streams were easily crossed with a regular stride. All major crossings had bridges over them that were snow-covered but sturdy 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: A few blowdowns along Pine Flat XC Trail. One just past junction with Old Waterville Rd. was about 6" in diameter and easily stepped over. Further down from there heading towards Yellow Jacket XC Trail was one of about same diameter but many branches sticking up waiting to snag a puffy jacket. Just before the descent to the junction with the Yellow Jacket Trail was a thick set of evergreens sagging into the trail under the weight of ice and snow, like a set of bushes blocking the way. The best way through them was, well, pushing through them. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Nice loop around Smarts Brook with minimal elevation change. I wore my snowshoes the whole way, which were especially helpful on Yellow Jacket and Smarts Brook Trails as there was only one or two sets of footprints on both with a lot of trail unpacked. Pine Flats would have probably been okay with just spikes, but I kept my snowshoes on the whole way for off trail explorations. Read the full report in the link below  
Name: Michael Vinson 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2017-12-24 
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