Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks West Royce, NH
Trails: Burnt Mill Brook Trail, Royce Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, October 19, 2019
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Wild River Rd is a great dirt road! I wish they were all like that. Only car there all day. I huge shout out to the people that jump started us when our car wouldn’t start... 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Mud - Significant, Leaves - Significant/Slippery 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Just a couple very small stepover brooks. They were a bit tricky in that you had to climb down and up to them and some had very slippery rocks but they were very small even after Thursday’s rain.  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Some sporadic faded yellow blaze on Burnt Mill Brook Trail. The trail is cluttered with leaves so some may find it hard to follow but I thought the trail was sill fairly obvious. A few blowdowns and smaller clutter. The smaller stuff we mostly took car of. Still a few stepovers and a straddler on the upper portion of Burnt Mill Brook. That was he only one that was a little annoying but still very doable and there’s a herd path around it. Royce Trail is much better blazed in yellow and was obvious. I don’t recall any blowdowns on this one.  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Didn’t see any but most hiking dogs could probably handle Burnt Mill Brook. Royce Trail would e harder as it has some steep ledges below treeline that you’ve got to scramble up.  
Bugs: None 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: None 
Comments: Redlined the Burnt Mill Brook Trail today with mom and dad :) They stopped at the jct with Royce Trail but I continued onto West Royce to grab another 52WAV although I’ll probabky end up doing that section of Royce Trail again.

The storm didn’t seem to do as much damage as I thought it would. The biggest effect seemed to be the the trails were totally covered in leaves unlike a week ago. There was some debris down but not too much and nothing impeding travel. There were only two watery spots on Burnt Mill Brook Trail and one big pool of mud/water on Royce Trail (only significant mud I encountered). Not too much mud elsewhere although I’m sure the leaves covered some up. I kicked a lot of leaves off of the trail while waiting for the two slow pokes behind me but I obviously had little effect ;) Most of the spots I kicked out (especially waterbars) had already filled in by the time we were descending.

Only saw seven other people today and none used the Burnt Mill Brook approach. I had the summit to myself but wasn’t very impressed by the view. The summit wasn’t that windy and was sunny and warm enough but the col where we ate before we went our separate ways was very cold and windy!!  
Name: Liam Cooney 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2019-10-19 
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