Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks North Sugarloaf, NH
Trails: Zealand Road, Trestle Trail, Sugarloaf Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, February 10, 2019
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: The snowmobile parking lot on 302 was cleared and had plenty of room for many cars. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Snow/Ice - Postholes 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes:  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes:  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: My pup had a good time! The only section that was a little sketchy was the rocky portion climbing up to the North Sugarloaf summit. Most of the rocks had a thick layer of ice on them that made finding my 4-legged companion an alternate route difficult. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: The walk down Zealand Rd. was an easy start. No traction needed the whole way down to the trailhead. I put my microspikes once we got to the trailhead. The start of the Trestle Trail to the junction with the Sugarloaf Trail once again had easy level footing. Up to the giant split boulder on the Sugarloaf Trail the footing was still mostly good and level, but past that it was hardened, postholed nightmare. It looked like the past midweek's warm up and subsequent cool down hardened someone's unprepared tracks. I was able to the walk on the hardened portions of the trail that hadn't been rutted out. Most of the postholes were 4-6" deep, with some closer to the saddle between North and Middle getting up to 8-12" deep.

As we turned right at the saddle junction to head up North Sugarloaf, the going was once again level and easy. As we began the climb up what is the rocky, steep section of North Sugarloaf in the summer, it was covered in a good layer of ice that made goings a little more difficult than usual for my pup, but I managed fine in microspikes. The summit was mostly bare rock to enjoy the great views from the top!  
Name: Michael Vinson 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2019-02-10 
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