Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Smarts Mountain, NH
Trails: Lambert Ridge Trail, Smarts Ranger Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, January 26, 2019
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Parking lot for these 2 trails is plowed with room for a dozen cars or so. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Ice - Breakable Crust, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Snow - Drifts, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable), Snow/Ice - Monorail (Unstable), Snow/Ice - Postholes, Snow/Ice - Small Patches 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: The 2 crossings of Grant Brook were not bridged but rock-hoppable. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Half dozen small blown-downs were non-issue. Both Lambert Ridge Tr. And Ranger Trail are in need of blazing. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: I said light traction but I wore my snowshoes car to car. Light traction would only work at lower elevation. Definitely needed the snowshoes. Both trails showed signs of use are were solid down low. I did a clockwise loop. Things were going well on the LBT but started to become tougher as I gain elevation. Due the lack of blazes, I followed a path that was heading too far west. Bushwhacked east and found AT again. It was a game of lost and found for a while. All tracks ended at about the halfway point. From the junction of the Ranger Trail to the summit it was very tough going. Breakable crust is tough when you break through a foot. Tough to pull the snowshoe out of the hole. Decent views from the tower. Had hot soup in the cab of the tower. Heading down the Ranger Trail was miserable. More breakable crust but much deeper in the valley. First 1/2 was a B*tch! The last 2 miles was easy grades and well packed out. It seems several have hiked up to what ever the Structure is 2 miles in on the Ranger Trail. Tough but rewarding day.  
Name: Joe Richardson 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2019-01-26 
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