Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Black Cap, Cranmore Mountain, NH
Trails: Black Cap Trail, Cranmore Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, August 5, 2018
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Parking lot at the high point on Hurricane Mountain Road has room for 10 cars - full today when we arrived at noon with cars finding spots along the road. When heading up hurricane mtn road keep an eye out - lots of mountain bike traffic 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: None 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: One step over blowdown in about .5 miles on the Black Cap Trail 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Easy Canine hike though no water along the way though they can get water and treats at the restaurant on Cranmore, Be aware that mountain bikes also use Cranmore mountain trail. 
Bugs: None out today - maybe the oppressive weather was too much? 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: Found green baseball hat on the ledges of Black Cap - left it atop the trail sign at the trailhead. 
Comments: Given the temps and humidity we looked for something easy today - These peaks are reached by easy trails and offer great views tough things were quite hazy today. Headed up Black Cap trail and took a side trip over to Cranmore before finishing with the summit of Black Cap. Trails were generally dry with a few spots of mud here and there. Took the alternate trail back down Black Cap which did have a section of running water. The heat and humidity were oppressive in the woods where there was no breeze to move the air, a bit of a breeze on Black Cap was nice. Having never been to Cranmore it was a nice surprise to find Tuckerman's tasting room - the IPA was a real treat on such a hot day sitting on the deck (they have food too!) before continuing with our hike. As noted under dog related notes the Cranmore Trail is also a mountain bike trail so keep eyes and ears open. There were a dozen+ riders on the trail as we hiked this stretch and they tend to be traveling fast but were easy to hear coming.  
Name: Brian from Maine 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2018-08-05 
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