|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Chandler Mink, NH|
||Cross Minks Trail, bushwhacks, White Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Wednesday, June 12, 2019|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||No formal parking, but I managed to get off the road opposite the CMT trailhead on Bean Road in Warner. The best parking is at a pulloff about 0.3 mi. west of the trailhead. |
||Dry Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable |
|Water Crossing Notes:
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||Numerous blowdowns, but most are minor or easily stepped over. The largest are two upturned trees near the summit of the 1,330 ft. knob. All trails blazed clearly and new signs have been erected at all but one trail junction where a sign is needed (on the western end, where it leaves the grassy road). CMT is very brushy in the western half. The woods road portion of WT is a completely overgrown tick city with high grass and ferns. Avoid. |
||I wouldn't recommend bringing dogs here right now due to brushy trail conditions. |
||Mosquitoes and black flies. Oh and I'm still finding ticks. :( |
|Lost and Found:
||From Bean Road I ascended STEEPLY up to the old flag signal tower on Chandler Mink, then made my way across the ridge, doing short bushwhacks to both of the unnamed 1,350 ft. knobs. Not much at the NE bump, but the SW bump is interesting. There's a campsite, fire ring, wind chime, Harley Davidson sign and metal artifacts that look like they came from a cabin. This area looks it was an open clearing at one point, so perhaps there was some sort of structure. Heading west, the trail follows an overgrown woods road which may support that theory. I continued all the way down to Howe Lane; the last 0.3 is along an unmarked, grassy road.|
I backtracked to the White Trail junction and decided to take that down to avoid the steep descent to Bean Road. Perhaps I should have stuck with Plan A. White Trail appears to be unused with no consistently visible footbed. The last half mile is rather unpleasant, being completely overgrown. This wouldn't be a bad route though if it were cleared out. This led me to a point lower down on Bean Road, which I walked for about 0.6 mi. back to my car.
Trails were dry except for one wet, mucky section in the western half of CMT. The 1,330 ft. knob looks like it might have had a view decades ago, and the high point is marked with an old cairn. Along the way I looked for the alleged red-blazed trail that leaves the ridge bound for Stewarts Peak, but I couldn't find it.
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.