|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Noon Peak, Jennings Peak, Sandwich Dome, NH|
||Sandwich Mountain Trail, Jennings Peak Spur, Drakes Brook Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Sunday, December 16, 2018|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Lot is plowed nicely - room for 8-10 vehicles. I was the first one in and maybe five other autos were there when I left mid-afternoon. |
||Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular |
||Light Traction |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||The two crossings of the Drakes Brook (low on SMT and DBT) were sketchy but I crossed both with lots of care and very light treading. I'm not real sure I'd try either one again under current conditions. |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||I sawed off about six limbs along the way and tossed/bent aside at least that many. I also liberated at a dozen or more saplings that were bent over and stuck in the snow - it seemed to help clear the trails. Much of this activity was along the brook on DBT. There are other larger projects out there: felled trees, larger bent trees and the like - however these are all easy step overs, step arounds or bend unders. As I write this I don't recall seeing a trail sign at the Smarts Brook Trail junction. |
||Didn't see any. |
|Lost and Found:
||The loop to Jennings Peak is well packed, supportive and free of postholes. The stretch from Jennings Peak to Sandwich Mountain is packed out but not quite as well - it is still supportive but not as much as the rest of the route. I wore spikes the entire day without issue or regret - I never even considered snowshoes so they were dead weight.|
I didn't intend on going up to Sandwich Dome but I made good time to Jennings Peak - and it was pretty nice out - so why not? I'm glad I did as the snow pack on top was at least a couple of feet which was enough to get views over the trees. As a bonus I got there before the clouds rolled in. I had all three peaks to myself - another bonus...but then again I saw just six others on this route today.
FYI: there was a little recent looking activity from Bennett Street Trail and zero from Algonquin Trail.
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.