Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Vose Spur, NH
Trails: Sawyer River Road, Signal Ridge Trail, Carrigain Notch Trail, bushwhack
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, July 7, 2018
Parking/Access Road Notes
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Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail 
Recommended Equipment
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Water Crossing Notes
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Trail Maintenance Notes
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Dog-Related Notes
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Lost and Found
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Comments: Nice day for a bushwack on Vose Spur. After the big boulder (very obvious) on the notch trail, walk 50 or so yards past, and spot either a birch log, or small cairn, which mark the start of a herd path. The first part is a steady climb up a drainage. There were ribbons every 50 or so yards that were relatively easy to follow, but truthfully not all that necessary (relied on my phone GPS with topo map to validate our position every so often). At times, there was no semblance of a herd path but kept climbing and would stumble upon likely the same herd path until we hit the ridge, at which point you veer slightly right and head northerly towards the talus field. At this turning point, it looked as though there was another herd path coming from the left (which would coincide with some GPS tracks posted on The herd path at this point was easy to follow until the talus field. I was expected to climb a long stretch on the talus field, but it was just a short 100 yards, with a cairn marking the entrance above. The climb hereafter was straight up, and rather difficult, but plenty of hand holds. Crossed another climber near the summit. Followed the heard path until we hit the summit, found and signed the canister.

For the descent, above the talus field, I actually found it more difficulty to follow the herd path - still managed, even if we lost the path on two occasions but backpedaled and kept going. Below the talus field, retraced my steps all the way to the notch trail with relative ease. The bushwack itself was 2h roundtrip. In total, with the Sawyer road, it was a 5h roundtrip (some running on the flats).  
Name: Paul Heron 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2018-07-09 
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