|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Mt. Paugus - South Peak, NH|
||Kelley Trail, Lawrence Trail, Old Mast Road|
|Date of Hike:
||Sunday, March 22, 2020|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Parking lot is plowed. A busy day - I snagged one of the three remaining spots in the parking lot proper. Many cars were parked on the access road when I returned. |
||Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Snow - Spring Snow |
||Light Traction, Snowshoes |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||All bridged or easy to step over. |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||Two large conifers across Lawrence Trail just below the summit, and a few smaller ones lower down. All easily stepped over or gotten around. The upper half of Lawrence Trail is getting narrow from the encroaching evergreens. |
||No problem for the 4-paw drive hikers. Brodie had a good time. |
|Lost and Found:
||Typical Spring hiking conditions. Starting out, all trails were frozen granular with some icy patches. The snow pack is getting very thin at the lower elevations, and there are long stretches of ground showing on the Kelley Trail. Sections of trail in direct sunlight developed a surface layer of loose, wet granular by mid-afternoon, but the underlying monorail was stable. It was microspikes car-to-car.|
A cautionary note on route-finding. The Kelley Trail joins an old logging road (FR 337) at 0.5 miles. This junction is poorly signed, and boot prints in the snow went both left and right. The right turn is correct, but is counter-intuitive because the road descends in that direction. The trail will soon reenter the woods and begin ascending again.
A beautiful day in the mountains.
||Tom Harris |
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.