|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Boy Mountain, NH|
||Boy Mountain Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Tuesday, February 11, 2020|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||With all the snow I of course couldn’t find the grassy shoulder on the south side of route 2 to park on but there was a wide spot on the north side so I parked there. I eventually realized this was the spring that the book tells you not to park at...oops! Good thing I wasn’t there long and I didn’t get any note on my car. Unfortunately there isn’t any other real good place to park nearby other than the shoulder so you may want to bring a shovel. There’s a restaurant maybe a couple tenths if a mile east along the road. I suppose you could park there. |
||Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow/Ice - Postholes |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||None that I recall. |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||Some seemingly newish signs down low by the road indicating a slightly different way to go than what the 30th edition White Mountain guidebook indicates and the beginning of the trail (more on this in the “Comments” section below. The trail isn’t blazed. Blazed would have been nice. Some arrows at intersections with roads in the book as the book indicates but I believe some of the signs were missing. A random white marker on a tree about halfway in. There are red blazes just off trail just over halfway in before the cement marker (which also has a red blaze on it and could be covered tomorrow with enough snow and some drifting) which I assume mark some sort of property boundary. Some pink flagging shortly thereafter near the top indicating which way to go. The right turn near the top to the ledge and bench is hard to see. I missed it at first. |
||None seen but they should be okay. Some steep(ish) unbroken powder but for such a short distance I imagine a hiking dog could handle it. |
|Lost and Found:
||Another little redline after finishing Colonel Whipple Trail (and getting my car out🤣) earlier. |
From the spring (where I parked but didn’t realize it was the spring until later) walk west along the road very briefly to the first driveway. Just before the driveway you’ll see some wooden arrows on a fence pointing to the right up the slope. Follow these. They’ll lead you less than a hundred yards up the slope diagonally towards the woods where the path goes. There is a sign for the “BMT” (Boy Mtn Trail) shortly before on a tree. No problem finding it but note that this seems to be a bit different than what the guidebook’s directions are. In particular, I turned right just before the driveway, not onto it, and I did not pass between a shed and a barn; I went to the right of both. I doubt Thursday’s snow will cover up the arrows but if they do just head up the slope right before the driveway and head diagonally up towards the woods. The trail enters it probably just a couple dozen feet west of the spring.
There was more snow here than on Colonel Whipple Trail as the mountain is about 1000ft higher than it and the trailhead starts higher than any point along the Colonel Whipple Trail. I broke trail in unbroken powder but there were bareboot prints (shallowish postholes) bear the beginning. I was able to totally smooth over them with my snowshoes but as they diverged along other roads in the woods I imagine they may be local and the postholes may be a common occurrence. Can you really call it a postholes if it’s in powder though? 🤷
No blaze really but some arrows where roads intersect (not everywhere though so the guidebook was still helpful although I think it missed one intersection that was immediately after/before the one mentioned at 0.2mi) and a wee little bit of flagging (surveyors tape). If you get to what feels like is the top or end of trail and it just disappears without bringing you to a view, go back just a few steps and look for where the trail bears right and leads to a ledge. No views yesterday! There is a bench here as well. The high point is just behind it a very short ways. Nothing to see there! There didn’t seem to be much of a base and although the snow was at least several inches deep, my snow still scraped down to the rocks underneath all the snow on the steeper parts.
||Liam Cooney |
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