|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
|Date of Hike:
||Saturday, December 1, 2018|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||I’m glad my father was daring enough to just drive down what looked like a driveway but turned out to be the trailhead. The actual parking area is well marked but nothing indicating the turn off the toad on 113A. It’s right before a small bridge on the left if traveling west (a very, very sharp left if headed east right after the bridge). Parking is on the right just a tenth or two of a mile down the road/driveway. It was plowed. |
||Snow - Trace/Minimal Depth, Wet Trail, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular |
||Snowshoes, Light Traction |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||None of any consequence but you could easily fall in the brook while on the trail. |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||Tiny twigs EVERYWHERE towards the beginning of the trail on the eastern side and many blowdowns as well. Many were a pain but nothing too, too bad. The trail could probably use more blaze particularly in its eastern section and at the trailhead for the eastern start of the trail. |
|Lost and Found:
||We missed the turn off the road/driveway and into the woods. Unlike many other trails, there is no blaze on the trees along the side of the road as you walk along it to indicate that you’re headed the right way. There is a tiny little sign on a tree that reads “Trail” on the right exactly where the guidebook says it is but it was very easy to miss. Luckily I caught it on our way back down the large hill (the sign is partway up the long hill).|
The snow was crusty and wasn’t the best for snowshoes although I wore them the entire time. The snow was still crunchy but got more powdery as we traversed to the western trailhead across from Cabin Trail. The trail follows the broom so narrowly and closely on the eastern section that my father took his snowshoes off and had to bury scootch along for fear of falling in the brook. Not the best for snowshoes. He stuck to microspikes the rest of the way and was okay in them but he was sinking in a few inches towards the western end of the trail where the snow was more powdery.
The trail was very nice from the old mill west. The part east of that was rough but from there on there were magnificent views of the falls and brook and the trail was much nicer :) .
||Liam Cooney |
Disclaimer: Reports are not verified - conditions may vary. Use at own risk. Always be prepared when hiking. Observe all signs. Trail conditions reports are not substitutes for weather reports or common sense.