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Peaks
Peaks Spruce Hill, West Moat Mountain, NH
Trails
Trails: Boulder Loop Trail, bushwhack
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Tuesday, March 12, 2019
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Parked at the Albany Covered Bridge parking area (plowed; WMNF decal required) just off the Kank. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Unpacked Powder 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes:  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes:  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs
Bugs:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: Have to give a special shout out to Nate, Anne & Roger, who arriving ahead of the rest of us, broke out the entire bushwhack. They set a really fine line… and if folks are hiking the NH500… this would be an excellent time to grab these two peaks.

From parking area, we hiked up the Boulder Loop Trail (east branch) to the HOL. Bushwhacked northerly towards Spruce Hill; easy grades and nice woods. Views S & W from Spruce Hill ledge. Dropped off peak whacking NE'ly towards West Moat. Dropped down to large clear cut, skirting it on its west / high end. We stayed to the slightly SW'ly side of the summit cone to avoid the cliff areas. The West Moat cone was steep: 700' gain over 0.4 mi as the crow flies. But snow conditions were really nice and the woods were fairly decent. Along the way, there was a ledge with terrific views south towards Chocorua and the Three Sisters. The summit itself had a small open view ledge, with views east towards Middle Moat. Jars on both. We descended via same.

Fun day in the woods with Nate, Anne, Roger, Bill C., Bill & Di S.  
Name
Name: Beth Z. 
E-Mail
E-Mail: btzimr at gmail dot com  
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2019-03-12 
Link
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