Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Dixville Mountain - Northwest Peak, Dixville Mountain - West Peak, NH
Trails: Roaring Brook Road, bushwhack
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Friday, February 21, 2020
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: We parked at Diamond Peaks Motel, at a snomo trailhead/parking area of sorts.  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Unpacked Powder 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes:  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes:  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: After parking at the motel & snomo trailhead area, we walked about 1.0 mile up to the road's end at the bottom of the last driveway. (At about 0.6 mi. there was a possible parking spot by a plowed bumpout, but we had mixed feelings about whether the owner of the plow would take kindly to folks parking there.)

We bushwhacked W'ly up to Dixville NW, initially passing close to a house and a camp... and trying to stay in the woods and be respectful. We hit occasional fir patches, but seemed to always find a nice "line" through them. The majority of the woods were quite nice. Snow conditions made for slow going and hard work. The summit area was kind of cool... open birch grove with views. Very nice. We are not sure the jar is on the high point, but we found it.

Next was Dixville W. We headed E'ly along the ridge for about 0.2, then dropped S'ly. We took the best line we could with the woods and logging regrowth... trying not to drop "too much" before having to ascend again. The climb up to Dixville West was steep, and we had to zig-zag a bit to climb up through the snow. But we found a great line... and soon we had the summit.

On the ascent we did cross a smomo trail at about 2400-2500', and it tugged at us to use it on the way out. But in looking at the maps, this snomo would have taken us west and away from our car, and that would have caused us additional trail breaking getting back around to our car. So we descended West and reclimbed NW, which really wasn't bad at all now that it was broke out.

The descent off NW peak back to the road went super fast, and we were all glad that we stuck with an "out & back" in these snow conditions.

Super cold, but good hiking day with friends Bill C., Schorman & Fran M.

Name: Beth Z. 
E-Mail: btzimr at gmail dot com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2020-02-21 
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