|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Mt. Potash, Mt. Potash - South Peak, NH|
||Logging road, Mt. Potash Trail, bushwhack |
|Date of Hike:
||Saturday, January 12, 2019|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||The access road to trail is not plowed. No parking is plowed, though 112 has sections nearby that are plowed wide enough that with care you can put a car fully off of the pavement.
Driving home on 112 I noted that the parking for Hancocks at the hairpin is not plowed. Cars were parked roadside as much as a couple of feet over the white line. The road was clogged to the extent that it would have been hard for opposing traffic to pass. Greeley pond tr. had similar parking situation, though a little less dangerous. From what I can tell, there is really no where good to park for Hancock Notch Tr. right now. |
||Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow - Drifts |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||We opted for the logging road to eliminate this variable. That said, the tracks and a group of four that came up the trail suggested that the crossing is doable. |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
|Lost and Found:
||Route: we took the logging road to it's intersection with the trail and the trail to the summit of potash. We descended to just before the trail's turn north and began to bushwhack to the south ridge. We obtained the ridge and followed it up to the recognized highpoint on the south peak.|
Surface: The logging road was untracked, though there was evidence of past travel. We broke 6"-8" on the road, taking it both ways. The trail was well packed up to a point just past the first outlook. From here, we broke 6"-8", with deeper drifts to the summit. On the bushwhack, we were consistently breaking at least 8" with deeper drifts and soft spots and traps. On our way out, a group of four in snowshoes were headed up the trail. Snowshoes are a must for all parts of this route.
Bushwhack woods: Woods were more open around the col and tighter around the peaks. We had to push through snowloaded evergreens and some twiggy woods. Nothing was terrible.
||bryan, zporterColdRiverCampCook |
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.