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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Mt. Chocorua (attempt), Middle Sister, NH
Trails
Trails: Champney Falls Trail, Piper Trail, Middle Sister Trail, Champney Falls Cutoff
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, March 13, 2011
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Lot plowed. Trailhead has been moved about 200 feet east on Route 112, as the footbridge was knocked over during one of the recent weather events. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Ice - Blue, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Snow/Ice - Postholes, Snow - Spring Snow 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Minor - hoppable 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Some stepovers on Champney and a few others near top of Champney/Piper...all could be removed with handsaw (frozen into snowpack). 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs
Bugs:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: Interesting to see what looked to be a sturdy bridge virtually destroyed by a raging brook. Trail was spring snow and probably barebootable up to the first waterfall loop junction. Above there, snowshoes a very good idea...unfortunately, postholes developing. Went above treeline toward Chocorua - northern facing ledges were all covered in a somewhat thick ice. Turned back maybe .1 miles from the summit, as it didn't seem safe to attempt solo, even with crampons. West Side approach may be a much better idea. Returned to Champney Falls Trail, then worked my way over First Sister (strayed from trail a bit, generally frozen granular with a somewhat firm crust) and to Middle Sister. Champney Falls Cutoff had an annoying sideslope for a decent portion of the way - not sign of recent traffic up to Middle Sister prior to today. Generally spring snow below Champney Falls Cutoff.  
Name
Name: rocket21 
E-Mail
E-Mail: rocket21 at franklinwebpublishing dot com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2011-03-13 
Link
Link: http://www.franklinsites.com/hikephotos/NewHampshire/middlesister-2011-0313.php 
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