|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Brown Ash Swamp Mountain, Brown Ash Swamp Mountain - South Peak, NH|
||Herd path, bushwhack|
|Date of Hike:
||Sunday, January 6, 2019|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Parked at the cul-de-sac on Wanosha Rd |
||Snow - Trace/Minimal Depth, Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular |
|Water Crossing Notes:
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
|Lost and Found:
||The landowner arrived shortly after I’d parked, a bit confused since he said someone else had climbed the mountain earlier in the day (claiming to be geocaching, which I knew couldn’t be true since there aren’t any caches in the area). He said that he owns a large chunk of land, including the nearby unbuilt house lot, the flagged trail mentioned in prior posts, and the summit of South Brown Ash Swamp Mountain. After chatting a bit, he graciously granted me permission to pass through his property, and I was able to easily follow the fading snowshoe track to both summits. The area between South BASM and the col is very nice indeed!|
When I got back to the car I ran into the landowner again, and asked if he’d like me to post something online explaining how he’d prefer people access these peaks. He said that he wasn’t crazy about people passing through his property and was struggling with the thought of posting it, but as a hiker himself he decided that, as long as people are respectful, he’d keep limited access open. He quipped, “If it ever gets as busy as Welch-Dickey I’ll have to do something about it.” I assured him it never would. :-)
So...he requests that anyone who wants to approach from Wanosha Rd please stay to the left of the ORANGE flagging tape, and not follow the yellow flagging tape that marks his private path/property. From the cul-de-sac he and I walked back in, about maybe 35 steps down the trail, and he pointed to a faded piece of ORANGE tape (which he’ll soon replace with a brighter strip), and asked that future peakbaggers start their hike to the left of that tape/tree, then follow the ORANGE tape through the woods. I told him I’d pass his request along. It’s these tolerant landowners that make so many of these peaks possible!
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.