Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Noon Peak, Jennings Peak, Sandwich Dome, NH
Trails: Sandwich Mountain Trail, Jennings Peak Spur, Drakes Brook Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, December 16, 2018
Parking/Access Road Notes
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. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
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
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. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Didn't see any. 
Bugs: None. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: Nothing. 
Comments: 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.  
Name: HMJ 
E-Mail: trailsntrees(at)gmail(dot)com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2018-12-16 
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