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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Mt. Rowe, Gunstock Mountain, Belknap Mountain, Piper Mountain, Whiteface Mountain, NH
Trails
Trails: Ridge Trail, Brook Trail Trail, Saddle Trail, Blue Trail, White Trail, Yellow Trail, Old Piper Trail, Piper-Whiteface Link Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, January 11, 2020
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Lots of parking in Gunstock resort lots. We arrived at 8:30-ish a.m. and there was space towards the back of Lot 1. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Wet Trail, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Snow - Wet/Sticky, Snow/Ice - Postholes, Slush 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes:  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Couple blowdowns, all passable by going around offtrail. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Saw a couple dogs on trail. Seemed okay. 
Bugs
Bugs: N/A 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: Pair of brown/black fleece gloves. Hiking partner picked them up to post in Lost & Found. 
 
Comments
Comments: Crazy warmup day with temps in the 50s to start. The trail was mostly packed down from the start of the Gunstock service road but we used snowshoes anyway because the warmup caused the snow to be unstable. One in our group did start out in microspikes but was slipping a bit here and there. As the day wore on, the trails got sloppier and wetter. Some places even our snowshoes sunk into slushy patches of watery snow. There were standing pools of water sporadically. Ledges and steep descents were all doable with a little sliding around in your snowshoes or spikes. It's easy to lose the trail on the way back, following the Brook Trail back down to parking because the trail crosses over the ski slopes a few times, so expect to look out for skiers towards the last 1.5 miles or so. If I had a choice to do this again with lots of snow pack and warm temps, I would skip it. The trails were extra sloppy and the mushy snow made for heavy snowshoeing. It was a tiring 11.5 miles.  
Name
Name: Annaliza 
E-Mail
E-Mail: annaliza.hikes@gmail.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2020-01-12 
Link
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