Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Paugus - South Peak, NH
Trails: Cabin Trail, Big Rock Cave Trail, Old Paugus Trail, Lawrence Trail, Cabin Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, June 9, 2018
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes:  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Leaves - Significant/Slippery 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Whitin Brook easily hoppable 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: See comments 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs: AWFUL mosquitoes and black flies from Whitin Brook crossing onward, including lookout ledges when the wind let up. Slight respite around the Bee Line junction area 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Did not bushwhack to Mexico summit. Big Rock Cave Trail was difficult to follow slightly past the junction with Whitin Brook Trail to the Old Paugus Trail due to blowdowns, sporadic blazing, vegetation on the trail and the lack of a footbed. Slow going trying to determine where the next blaze was, but hey wilderness right? Didn't realize I had hopped onto Old Paugus until noticing that the blazes changed from blue to barely-there yellow, if there was a sign for the junction I must have missed it. Likely would have swung down to the Whitin Brook intersection with Old Paugus and headed up from there if I knew the trail condition of this relatively short section ahead of time, hence this report.

Other than that the trails are in good shape, the "slippery ledge" on Old Paugus was completely dry but could be difficult if wet due to the amount of moss on the rock. Most blowdowns were easily avoided or passable. I did get jammed up by a big blowdown on Lawrence Trail descending from the summit (while still descending, before the trail ascends to meet the Cabin Trail intersection) as the blazing there is sparse and there are some herd paths in the area, but the issue was likely due mostly to me being fried on the back end of a hike with waning daylight. Nice mountain!  
Name: Captain Crunch 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2018-06-11 
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