|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Whitcomb Mountain - West Peak, Stratford Mountain - South Peak, NH|
||Nash Stream Road (Corridor 5), bushwhacks, West Side Road (Corridor 5a)|
|Date of Hike:
||Tuesday, March 12, 2019|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||we parked at the gate (open for snomo passage) on nash stream road in stark where there is a large plowed parking area. wasn't freshly plowed today, but parking was not a problem. |
||Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow - Drifts, Snow - Wet/Sticky |
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|Lost and Found:
||we started off with a few inches of fresh powder on top of the snowmobile packed road until the groomer came by and smoothed things out. we continued for i believe a bit under 6 miles to a point west of west whitcomb where a woods road left east immediately passing a camp. we hopped on this road for a few minutes then a bit past a junction with what looks to be an old snowmobile trail we got on an old woods road heading straight towards the peak. probably about a foot of new powder down low over a mostly supportive base. we stayed on the road until it petered out and continued up finding more difficult breaking in unconsolidated snow for the last couple hundred feet up to the ridge south of the peak. open woods up to this point. we turned north on the ridge with better going. a bit of scrappy, snow laden spruce before reaching the recognized highpoint. we descended back to the road in our tracks and headed back south on nash stream road then crossed over the trailblazer bridge to west side road and corridor 5a. we continued south on the groomed snomo corridor to a point southeast below the summit then started our bushwhack to south stratford. 6-12" of heavy wet snow over a good base down low as we ascended in open hardwoods with mostly moderate and a couple steep grades. the woods stayed nice all the way to the ridge with some less consolidated sections of snow higher up. we hit the ridge just north of the summit and a short walk brought us to the recognized highpoint. we descended in our tracks then continued south on west side road until the connecting trail and bridge back to nash stream road and the car. about 16.5 miles round trip. |
todays hike completed my winter nh300 list. a big thanks to zporter for so many good hikes this winter.
||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.