|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Lost Pass, NH|
||Drakes Brook Ski Trail, old Snows Brook Trail, bushwhack|
|Date of Hike:
||Wednesday, February 12, 2020|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Drakes Brook Trail/Sandwich Mtn. trailhead lot was plowed. |
||Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow - Drifts |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||Solid snow bridges over Snows Brook |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
|Lost and Found:
||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.
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.