Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Lost Pass, NH
Trails: Drakes Brook Ski Trail, old Snows Brook Trail, bushwhack
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Wednesday, February 12, 2020
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Drakes Brook Trail/Sandwich Mtn. trailhead lot was plowed. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow - Drifts 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Solid snow bridges over Snows Brook 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes:  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Drakes Brook nordic trail, Snows Brook Trail (abandoned), bushwhack

I started this hike with a short snowshoe walk on the side of the Waterville Valley Drakes Brook XC trail, which eventually meets up with Snows Brook at a hairpin turn. The snow bridges on the brook were strong, and I made an easy crossing, picking up the path of the old Snows Brook Trail on the other side.

The abandoned trail was generally easy to follow, though there are few sections that are ambiguous, with a lot of blowdowns and an area where a streambed intersects. I was breaking trail on about 6-8 inches of powder.

Once I reached ca. 2700ft — where the path disappears into a huge barrier of young conifers and spruce traps — I bushwhacked due south, partway up the slopes of the NE spur of the northern Flat Mountain. The woods here were generally open, and I made quick work of this section and reached the wetland just west of the pass. Great views of South Tripyramid from this wetland, and from here it was an easy five-minute detour to reach the large beaver meadow, with its unparalleled solitude.  
Name: timbercamp 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2020-02-12 
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