Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Piper Mountain, Swett Mountain, NH
Trails: Whiteface Mountain Trail, Piper-Whiteface Link, Vista Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, July 28, 2018
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: At the turnaround at the end of Belknap Mountain Road. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Surprisingly, the stream crossing on WMT was just a trickle. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: No blowdowns anywhere. The section of VT that passes through the SPNHF conservation easement could use some brushing. A couple of minor mud pits before you emerge on the south ledges of Piper could maybe use some stepping stones. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Sure. 
Bugs: Not too many. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: Nothing. 
Comments: Out and back to Piper and Swett from Belknap Mountain Road.

Trails were a mix of dry and damp on the way in. Some running water on open ledges, but they were mostly dry. TONS of blueberries on Piper right now. I should have brought a bucket. Once past the southern junction with the closed Valley View Trail, VT becomes narrower and far less traveled, probably mostly by redliners. Still some good viewpoints from Swett but the trees are growing.

Once again I almost escaped the storms. Descending from Piper, I was surrounded by thunder and lightning, but only light rain. Quiet out there today, I only saw three people.  
Name: KenM 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2018-07-28 
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