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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Piper Mountain, NH
Trails
Trails: Whiteface Mountain Trail, Piper-Whiteface Link
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, January 20, 2018
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Plowed turnaround. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Ice - Blue, Snow - Wet/Sticky 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Open, but rock hoppable. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: One minor stepover blowdown not far above the kiosk...took out half of it by hand, but the other half will probably need a hand saw. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs
Bugs:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: Whiteface Mountain Trail up to the stonewall had 1-2 inches of moist snow (from temps) with some long hidden blue ice patches. I don't know if Microspikes will get much purchase, but caution is more important than anything. Above the watercrossing, there is an ice bulge in the normal spot.

Above the stonewall junction, it was smooth sailing except for three of the ledges, where someone buttslid the snow off the blue ice. In non-buttslid areas, the snow was starting to bind to the softer ice. Microspikes may be outmatched on this, depending upon when you hit it. A few random areas of foot deep monorail, but otherwise generally about 2 inches of wet snow. Also only about 2 inches of snow on the ridge. Snowshoes will probably be superfluous until the next snowstorm.

Nice sunset in relatively mild temperatures.  
Name
Name: rocket21 
E-Mail
E-Mail: rocket21@franklinwebpublishing.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2018-01-20 
Link
Link: http://hike.franklinsites.com 
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