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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Mt. Starr King, Mt. Waumbek, NH
Trails
Trails: Starr King Road, Starr King Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Wednesday, December 5, 2018
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: The parking lot at the end of the Starr King road was passable if you have good traction and decent clearance - think subaru with snow tires. I parked in the small lot near the convenience store since I didn't know what the conditions were and didn't want to chance getting stuck. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Much of the muddy puddles from fall that never had time to dry up are now frozen. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Couple of duck-unders on the ridge and a blowdown right before the viewpoint after the Waumbek summit. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: No dogs 
Bugs
Bugs: None 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: Couple of gray jays at the summit of Starr King. They were pretty aggressive, like the ones on Field, which made for some good pictures. I brought my snowshoes and they took a ride on my pack the entire way while I wore microspikes. There was a dusting of powder which grew to about 1.5 inches by the time I got to waumbek. You could probably get away with wearing snowshoes about .2 from the Waumbek summit, but it's really a bit overkill. I went to the viewpoint after the Waumbek summit and had to navigate around a blowdown to get there. It looks like someone snowshoed past the viewpoint and continued on the Kilkenny Ridge, but who knows far. Met one other gentleman headed down about 3/4 of the way to Starr King. The mountain was mine for the rest of the hike...well, except for the jays :)  
Name
Name: BubblesTheHiker 
E-Mail
E-Mail: kdoer@yahoo.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2018-12-06 
Link
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