|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Eastman Mountain, Baldface Knob , NH|
||Slippery Brook Trail, Eastman Mountain Trail, Baldface Knob Trail, Baldface Circle Trail, Emerald Pool Spur Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Sunday, November 3, 2019|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Surprisingly only about a half dozen cars or so at the Baldface Circle Trail parking lot at 8:15am. About a 1 hour car spot. Only one other car at the Slippery Brook trailhead when we arrived and they were just scoping the area out for a future hike. Another redliner pulled in as we were leaving but he never caught back up to us... sorry Steve! Only 3-4 cars at Baldface Circle trailhead when we returned around 3:30. Also, there was a BIG and spread our group of people going down Hurricane Mtn Road in their sports cars. The first one coming down was going too fast and we were afraid they might be drag racing but (most) the cars after were generally better behaved... still scary on that road though! |
||Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Ice - Blue, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Mud - Significant, Leaves - Significant/Slippery |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||Only one of significance was on Slippery Brook Trail not far from its jct with Baldface Circle Loop. Water was still high but it was easily rock hoppable. |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||The trail sign at the northern end of Baldface Knob trail is just supported by the cairn it’s surrounded by and is leaning over significantly. I’m sure there were some blowdowns but I don’t recall them. |
|Lost and Found:
||A nice hike redlining and getting another 52WAV peak with another redliner. We both really liked Eastman Mtn’s summit :) Around freezing when we started the hike and in the high 40s when we reached the end. Low 40s again by the one we reached our other car 😂 Started hiking at 9:30 and ended at 3:30.|
Slippery Brook Trail was unblazed until maybe a half mile or mile east of its jct with Eastman Mtn Trail and then it was very well blazed to its end. Mostly easy to follow though as in its first 2+ miles on the west side it follows a logging road. Watch for turns on the logging road though one of which is on a post only a few inches from the ground for some reason. Some obscure parts both in the blazed (usually around turns) and unblazed sections though. Yellow blaze on Eastman Mtn Trail and it was easy to follow. Same on Baldface Knob Trail but it also coincides with what seems like a new ski trail now and has blue diamonds on it. Baldface Circle Trail easy to follow of course.
Mostly dry trail but still some very wet spots with leaves and mud underneath. Hardly any ice. There was some on Eastman Mtn Trail but certainly no need for spikes. Only saw the other redliner in the parking lot and 2 others on then summit of Eastman all day unless you count the crowds we saw on Baldface Knob from the summit of Eastman ;) Nobody by the time we got there though. Felt pretty damn warm on the summit of Eastman with little wind and the sun on us, but when the sun went away and the wind picked up on Baldface Knob it was quite a different story!
||Liam Cooney |
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.