Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Black Cap, NH
Trails: Black Cap Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Wednesday, December 5, 2018
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Hurricane Mountain Road is 'winter-gated' for the season. So, reaching the trailhead involves walking the road to the Black Cap trailhead, or hiking the mountain bike trail known as the Red Tail Trail. A little over a tenth of a mile WEST of the road gate, there is limited parking at a small lot off the SOUTH side of Hurricane Mountain Road. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes:  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: One huge downed-tree about 0.2 mile from trailhead on Hurricane Mountain Road. HOWEVER, there's an easy workaround. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: To reach Black Cap, I snowshoed up Hurricane Mountain Road to the trailhead for the Black Cap Trail which I followed to the summit of Black Cap. Hurricane Mountain Road had a mixture of ski tracks, snowshoe tracks, and yes some posthole tracks from bare-booters. The Black Cap Trail had no post-holing and was broken out with a combination of ski tracks and snowshoe tracks for the first 0.8 mile, and then just snowshoe tracks for the last 0.3 mile.
(Just as an aside, I had considered using the Red Tail Trail to make this into a loop hike, but saw no evidence of any hiker traffic on that trail, and so opted to forego that option.)
Name: 1HappyHiker 
E-Mail: randonneur8 at yahoo dot com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2018-12-06 
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