Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Big Ball Mountain, Black Snoot, Mt. Shaw, NH
Trails: Mt. Shaw Trail, Tate Mountain Trail, Banana Trail, Black Snout Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Friday, April 13, 2018
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Just a quick word. After leaving parking area keep right and follow the logging road, stay on it keeping the river to your left. Eventually you will see the Shaw Trail( red blaze) on the left and the Italian trail( red/green) on your right. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Ice - Black, Wet Trail, Ice - Blue, Wet/Slippery Rock, Ice - Breakable Crust, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Significant, Leaves - Significant/Slippery, Snow/Ice - Postholes, Slush, Snow/Ice - Small Patches 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Shaw trail had a few but easily crossed with care 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Downed tree where you begin going up Blacksnout after Big Ball  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Easily done by dogs as long as they can climb on ice 
Bugs: A few ticks 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Early spring hiking conditions. Heading up the Italian trail was fine. When you head up Blacksnout the trail changes to hard, wet ice we had to watch our footing. The trail from Blacksnout to Shaw was thick quick sand snow, exhausting. The top of Shaw trail was slippery mud, hard ice, snow, roots and rock, footing was treacherous. After that just wet trail to dry traila few patches of ice and snow. Watch your blazes coming down Shaw trail. Can get confusing. Any watercrossing were manageable.  
Name: Linda M. 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2018-04-14 
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