|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Little East Pond, NH|
||Tripoli Road, FR 613, Little East Pond Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Friday, February 14, 2020|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Depot Camp parking area is plowed. The section of Tripoli Road between Depot Camp and Mt. Osceola Trail is maintained as a WV ski trail; no barebooting on the groomed trail. |
||Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow - Drifts |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||Plenty of water crossings on Little East Pond Trail — very few had adequate snow bridges. |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
|Lost and Found:
||From Depot Camp, the first 2.8 miles of Tripoli Rd. were groomed by WV, which made for easy snowshoeing. After that there was only a faint snowmobile track for the next mile and a half (between the Mt. Osceola trailhead and the East Pond trailhead), and I had easy trail breaking on about 4” of powder.|
Little East Pond Trail was of course not broken out, and it took me a good while to ascend this trail through deep powder. Blowdowns were minimal, but there were a lot of water crossings over small unfrozen streams.
I didn’t notice any ski or snowshoe tracks coming over from the East Pond Loop, and I wonder if this place receives much visitation in winter. A great backcountry snowshoe destination on a bluebird day — about 13 miles roundtrip from Waterville.
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.