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Peaks
Peaks None, NH
Trails
Trails: Orange Cove Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Monday, January 13, 2020
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: At the end of New Colony Road in Orange, where there is room for a few smartly-parked vehicles. Unfortunately, the two pickup trucks that were there when I arrived were not parked as such, leaving little room for a third vehicle. Fortunately, my car is small. The final leg of this road beyond the fork was wiped out by flooding in 2019 but per the Town of Orange DPW, it has been temporarily repaired for winter access and will be permanently repaired later in 2020. It's plowed and rough in spots, but passable by any vehicle with care. Also be alert for a small pavement washout just before the fork, which looks like it may have been caused by the most recent thaw. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Ice - Blue, Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: None. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: No typical trail issues. This unmarked route has some serious washouts near the start then improves greatly after the snowmobile trail junction. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Sure. 
Bugs
Bugs: Nope. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: Nothing. 
 
Comments
Comments: Just a simple out and back walk to the height-of-land. The old section of the Groton-Orange Highway that the trail follows is currently a combination of thin snowmobile-packed snow, ice and bare ground. Odd conditions for January in this area. You can easily bareboot this but I wore an old pair of spikes. Still some running water on the washed out section near the start. Beyond the snowmobile trail junction, the road is in great shape. You could easily drive any vehicle up to the beaver pond if the washout weren't present. The junction with Mowglis Trail headed for Firescrew is currently marked by a small cairn, and the trail itself looks to have been traveled recently.  
Name
Name: KenM 
E-Mail
E-Mail: kmacgray@gmail.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2020-01-13 
Link
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