|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Mt. Moosilauke, NH|
||Beaver Brook Trail, Benton Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Friday, May 18, 2018|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Large fee lot off route 112 with toilet facilities. |
||Dry Trail, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable), Snow/Ice - Monorail (Unstable), Snow/Ice - Postholes |
||Light Traction |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||The first crossing was a rock hop on submerged rocks. Two crossings on man made bridges. All other crossings are minor. |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||Section of trail washed out not too far from the trailhead. Hikers can skirt the gap by carefully walking on the banking above wash out.
There are trees across the trail in many places with none that present any difficulties in passage. |
||Saw none today. Plenty of water on this route. |
||Only a few at the summit. Not bothersome today. |
|Lost and Found:
||The trail was free from snow up to the upper cascades. At this point there was a weakening narrow monorail interspersed between bare rocks. The monorail became more consistent on approach to the Beaver Brook shelter. Some of this monorail is weak due to water erosion of the base. Often there is bare ground or rock to the side that provides more secure footing. Microspikes provides some traction in this steep section. Once the continuous monorail ends uphill from the Asquam Ridge trail junction there is much more bare surfaces all the way to the summit. The final ascent to the tree line on the section that coincides with the Benton Trail has a monorail which can be walked without traction.|
The Spring thaw is supplying a good deal of water to the cascades. The cascades make the Beaver Brook Trail the most scenic route to Mt Moosilauke. But the trail is steep and can be difficult in wet or icy conditions. There are rock steps, wood steps, and hand rails to help out in tricky areas.
Met many other hikers today who were enjoying the pleasant day. Great views from the summit.
||WAUMBEK at Roadrunner dot com |
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.