Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Scar Ridge - West Peak, NH
Trails: Bushwhack
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, January 25, 2020
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: The parking area for the Discovery tr. is NOT plowed. It is accessible but is a bit of a mess. I suspect it will not be plowed for the remainder of the season - but I don't know for sure.  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Unpacked Powder 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Hancock Branch is crossable - with caution. But the right spot has to be found. As long as the tracks remain they will lead you to a good crossing point. When approaching the river ignore the tracks that bear left.  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes:  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: I would not bring my dog on this hike. Too many hazards. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Parked at the parking area for the Discovery tr. and walked straight across the road. Was delighted to see snowshoe tracks and thought it was my lucky day. Tracks lead to a good crossing point and then lead up along the ridge line / "spine" which leads to the summit ridge. For about 1/3 of a mile after the crossing the woods are reasonably nice - after that it is face-slappers all the way but there are no dense spruce-areas to push through. However, plenty of "stuff" to get your snowshoes tangled up in.

At about 3,000 ft. the tracks stopped (thank you to the person who broke that far!) and I broke the rest of the way - 12-24" - heading straight for what I believe was the old summit and then continued west along the ridge towards the now recognized summit and the canister. 3' in some places along the ridge and some spruce/blowdown traps.

The inside of the canister has been exposed to the elements and the content was frozen solid. It took me awhile to dislodge it but eventually I did. I have replaced the content with new materials (booklet, pencils and a sharpener). I am trying to dry out the old log-books (there were 2) but I doubt they are salvageable. However, I am happy to coordinate with anyone who might like to carry it back to the summit if I manage to get them back in good shape.  
Name: LongMark 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2020-01-25 
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