|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Piper Mountain, NH|
||Whiteface Mountain Trail, Piper-Whiteface Link|
|Date of Hike:
||Saturday, January 20, 2018|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Plowed turnaround. |
||Ice - Blue, Snow - Wet/Sticky |
||Light Traction |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||Open, but rock hoppable. |
|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. |
|Lost and Found:
||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.
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.