|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Mt. Moosilauke, NH|
||Beaver Brook Trail, Benton Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Saturday, June 2, 2018|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Beaver Brook lot busy but not overcrowded. |
||Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Mud - Minor/Avoidable |
|Water Crossing Notes:
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||One badly eroded hole in the sidehill very near the start of the trail. A little sketchy to get past and not sure how the trail crews will fix that one. Otherwise this approach is in reasonable shape -- a few stepovers/duck-unders and I think two blown-down but readily bypassed tangles. |
||My two did great, but I wouldn't call it dog-friendly. I'll talk unpack this more below. |
||Didn't notice any in the morning. Tiny bitey flies made an appearance on descent starting below the shelter spur. Not bad enough to make me reapply the bug spray, though. |
|Lost and Found:
||Tagged in with Puns, Prism, and Barrel for the first bit of their section today, then backtracked solo as they continued on. Socked in again on top, but some neat views under the clouds a bit lower down. Cascades running very prettily. A nice day!|
As for dogs. Our group had three. All handled this trail very well. I did opt to spot my less-balanced dog on the descent at the longest section of wood-block stairs, but she did everything else solo (and my more cautious and more athletic fellow was fine even there). So for careful and capable dogs who are proven White Mountain scramblers and who have enough training to stop, go, and get out of the way when asked, I think this trail is just fine. I wouldn't necessarily *recommend* it with more dogs than people...! But, yeah: just fine.
That said, it does have some quite steep and slippery pitches, some spots where the trail runs along a drop-off, and just generally would not be fun or safe with a clumsy, careless, or novice dog; with a hard puller; or with one who isn't comfortable passing hikers and other dogs in close proximity. So, you know. Make good choices, friends!
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.