Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Dixville Mountain - West Peak, Dixville Mountain - Northwest Peak, NH
Trails: Woods road, bushwhack, herd path, Kelsey Notch
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Friday, June 22, 2018
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Bungy Rd of rt 26  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Mud - Significant 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: no issues  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes:  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Nice bushwhack to these NH 300 Highest Peaks

Dixville Mountain - West Peak and Dixville Mountain - Northwest Peak . Both mountains are on the New Hampshire 300 Highest Lists. We started hiking east following gated Kelsey Notch Rd to just over 2100 ft of elevation, jumped on an over ground logging, now herd path heading north, turning northeast toward the summit of the west peak. At just under 2400 ft we left the new growth into older woods. To this point the woods were not too bad until just after 2550 ft where we went up some steep stuff towards the western ridge. This thick and nasty stuff didn’t ask to long and soon we popped out to nice birch glades woods. to a rather flat summit area. On the southeastern end we found the recognized high point marked with the yellow “X” and confirmed it with an altimeter. Mary also found a moose skull just before the summit. I left a jar with note pad for future adventures to sign in.

After signing in we set off heading east down some really steep woods for several hundred feet of elevation into some nice woods picking up older logging cut and now herd path. Turning northeast we picked up an old grass woods road that brought to a large clearing where Mary found the remnants of a very large moose antler. Too bad it wasn’t’ a keeper. At roughly 2350 ft of elevation we keep following the woods road for a bit longer then turned north bushwhacking towards the south east col of the Northwest Peak. Once on the ridge we turned northwest following boundary markers heading toward the summit. There were several bums along the way. After the final bump we skirted on the western side of the ridge picking up an old trail that brought us to recognized high point and a beautiful birch glade summit!

After signing in we retracted our steps following that trail for a short distance, lost it, then dropped southwest to the drainage between the West and Northwest Dixville Mountains in nice woods. We soon jumped onto that drainage following it northwest for some distance to avoid going over the northern ridge of the West Peak . That was really nice. Once far enough past the ridge we turned southwest slabbing our way back to Kelsey Notch Rd picking up a really nice woods road, past a hunter’s blind, hit some herd paths and good old fashion bushwhacking to our truck.

Another great adventure with my beautiful bridge Mary clocking in 7 miles and 1800 feet of elevation gain +/-
Name: Brian Bond 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2018-06-25 
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