Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Starr King, Mt. Waumbek, NH
Trails: Starr King Road, Starr King Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, January 12, 2019
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Surprisingly, the parking area at end of Starr King Road is plowed, room for 8-10 cars. Lot was basically full when we got there, having walked up from the parking area on Rt. 2, assuming (falsely) that the lot was un-plowed.  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Snow/Ice - Postholes 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: A couple of open seeps across the trail, though no crossings on this route. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: No blowdowns of note, some trees bending in to the trail due to snow loading. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Not a bad day to sleep in, and let things warm up, though warm wasn't exactly what I'd call it. A 12:45p start saw us be the last up the trail, and the last down. Nice to run in to Hiker Ed and Georg along the way. Slightly less than half the hikers we saw descending had snowshoes, and most that had them were wearing them. The rest were booting with microspikes, chewing up the packed out track, leaving some deep postholes in their wake. I understand that snowshoes aren't cheap, but it's inconsiderate (at best) to ruin the trail for those who come behind you, and not having them makes more work for you (and others). Not a popular opinion, but there it is. Super cold and breezy between the peaks, but the summits cleared out, and the views we did have were great. Caught sunset from the hardwoods down low. Awesome afternoon with Rachel.  
Name: Bill Robichaud 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2019-01-12 
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