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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Mt. Moosilauke, NH
Trails
Trails: Tunnel Brook Trail, Benton Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, September 1, 2018
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Parking at the new trail is somewhat limited - fortunately this route to the Moose is not well known which is why I took these trails 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Tunnel Brook was rock hop-able 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: The relocated Tunnel Brook Trail was nice. Portion of TB Trail still following road how to cross wash-outs at culverts were confusing until one notes herd paths developing off to the sides. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: No problems except not much running water at higher elevations 
Bugs
Bugs: NA 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: NA 
 
Comments
Comments: These trails were good choice for holiday weekend. Hiker traffic on these trails was light. Tread-ways still have nice organic content which changed dramatically when I reached junction with AT just below tree-line and summit meadows. Hardwood forest below 3000' is fine. I saw many king-sized maples, ash, etc. The moose by this route entails 3400' elevation gain and 10.2 mile RT.

I walked the new extension of USFS Forest Road 170 on my return to the TH just to see it. There is some active logging operations happening although nothing was doing on a Saturday Labor Day weekend. I saw some of some nice big hardwood logs prime candidates for the veneer mill. One very impressive vehicle with huge wheels with chains and giant claw looked like something out of Star Wars. I could see myself driving this thing on some of my bushwhacks!!!!!!!!!!!  
Name
Name: Jazzbo 
E-Mail
E-Mail: rdcaron@rcn.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2018-09-06 
Link
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