|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Jericho Mountain - South Peak, Jericho Mountain, Pickett Hill, Pickett Hill - Southwest Peak, NH|
||Unnamed trail, Penhallow Road, bushwhacks|
|Date of Hike:
||Sunday, March 22, 2020|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||At the Bradford Springs site on East Washington Rd. in Bradford. |
||Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Ice - Blue, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable) |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||None of any issue. |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||No formal trails. |
||I guess. |
||Not yet. |
|Lost and Found:
||(Note: What I'm calling Jericho Mountain has been referred to in past reports here as Pickett Hill - South Peak. A new-looking sign just south of the high point, placed by Ausbon Sargent Land Preservation Trust, labels the peak as Jericho Mountain. The Bradford Conservation Commission trail map calls it Jericho Hill.)|
Hiking local ... From the Bradford Spring site, I took an unmarked trail which cut over to the main road leading into the tree farm, which the BCC map calls Penhallow Road (this road is shown on the USGS topo map). Just after a green gate, I took a left; don't stay on the main road. At the next fork, I turned right and went up the western portion of the loop that the road makes as I had read it was steeper and rougher. It wasn't, but it was more overgrown. I jumped off the road once near the ridge and whacked up steeply to Jericho's south peak, rustling a large animal that I could hear but not see. From there it was an easy down and up to the main summit. The register here was overtightened and I couldn't get it open.
It was a steep descent down into the col between Jericho and Pickett, then a very steep climb up to Pickett, which has some really interesting terrain. Lots of step-like ledges and boulders strewn everywhere. The high point has a register and a cairn. I popped over to the SW peak which has some decent views toward the Lovewell Mountain ridge. This was another steep descent over ledges until I got to better ground, where I wrapped around the peak and hit the road again.
There's still some bulletproof ice and snow in shaded areas along the road, but most of this trip was dry and bare. Bushwhacking conditions in southern NH are excellent right now: no snow, the trees haven't leafed out yet, and the bugs haven't arrived.
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.