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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Big Ball Mountain, Black Snoot (attempt), Mt. Shaw (attempt), NH
Trails
Trails: Mt. Shaw Trail, Tate Mountain Trail, Banana Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, January 12, 2019
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: We fit 5 cars at trailhead. Mayyyyybe room for a 6th. Trailhead is not marked and is very easy to drive right by.  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Unpacked Powder 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: None to speak of.  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Big Ball Mountain Trail was very difficult to follow, especially after summit of Big Ball. Very sparse blazing/cairns.  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: The one with us had no problem with the trail, but the cold eventually got to her.  
Bugs
Bugs: N/A 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: N/A 
 
Comments
Comments: Had ambitions of doing the loop hike over Big Ball, Black Snout and Shaw. 8 of us in snowshoes broke out the Italian Trail and up to summit of Big Ball. After summit, we followed one cairn, but then lost the trail. We lost (but eventually found) the trail several times before that, so once we lost it again after Big Ball summit, we decided to tuck tail and head back.

Did not see any activity on Shaw Trail where it splits from Italian Trail.  
Name
Name: Chef 
E-Mail
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Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2019-01-12 
Link
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