Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Kineo, NH
Trails: Three Ponds Trail, Mt. Kineo Trail, Hubbard Brook Trail, Donkey Hill Cutoff
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, May 23, 2020
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Nice parking lot 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Mud - Significant, Leaves - Significant/Slippery 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Lots of them but all easily rock hoppable!  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: The beaver flooding reroute on the Hubbard Brook Trail was impossible to follow going southbound... and honestly didn't seem that much better turning around looking at it from a northbound perspective. Lots of different color flags in different directions and most of them had fallen on the ground... We just bushwacked our own reroute around the east side of the flooding and eventually got back to the trail. All the other trails are definitely rough, but well marked and easy enough to follow. We were following our hound dog the whole way though so that may have helped!  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Dog had fun and got VERY muddy & dirty. Had a rough night getting surrounded by owls (was shaking and crying), but we were able to sooth him with some Norah Jones. He also ran away at one point... not sure what he went after... and THANK GOD he came back to us. Was hard having him on leash while trying to bushwack around the beaver flooding on Hubbard Brook Trail. 
Bugs: Bug nets highly recommended. Black flies, mosquitoes, ticks.  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Did the big loop clockwise as a friday night to sunday morning backpacking trip with an intermission for an out and back of the Donkey Hill Cuttoff before returning to our car on the Kineo Trail. The inner loop definitely gets much more traffic.. easy to follow and not too wild; we saw about 5 people out on Memorial Day Weekend. The outer sections were much more wild, but still well blazed and easy enough to follow; we didn't see anybody out there. Hubbard Brook Trail beaver flooding reroute was impossible to find so we had to bushwack our own. The three ponds shelter was closed due to covid... we just stealth camped both nights. Really fun trip! No particularly stunning views, but lovely forest, interesting beaver landscapes, and lovely rivers/waterfall to lounge by on warm, sunny days!  
Name: CTRL+Z 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2020-05-25 
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