Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks North Baldface, South Baldface, NH
Trails: Bicknell Ridge Trail, Baldface Circle Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, May 31, 2020
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: No issues.  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Snow - Spring Snow 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Water crossing were not an issue.  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes:  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs: Mosquitoes were out below 2000' yet were kept at bay by a steady wind.  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: None.  
Comments: This was a really enjoyable hike. We clocked it at 9.85 miles, 4010' vertical, over 6 hours and 5 minutes. We opted to hike this route counter clockwise for better or for worse. The first 0.7 miles is essentially a flat approach. We then took the bicknell ridge trail and crosses Charles Brook, which was magnificent above the viewpoint at 2000'. It was breathtaking. I would describe it as a zig-zag ascent over rough, whitish, grippy granite with tons of views along the way. After reaching the ridge junction and being greeted by a tremendous view of the Presidentials and Carters the real fun started. Winds were steady at 20mph with gusts to 40. Was comfortable for much of the hike wearing a long john top, nylon pants, and gaitors. There was plenty of up-and-down and uneven slabs on the way to North Baldface. From the ridge junction to the summit, we needed a solid 40 plus minutes. There is a 20' patch of soft, springy snow just below the summit of North Baldface - no other snow on the trail. The descent off of North Baldface was rugged. I found it to be the hardest part of the day. South Baldface has a completely different character than North Baldface - gradual, slabby, etc. The dreaded baldface knob descent was steep and required care, yet was well marked and do-able. There were three tricky slabs that required me to sit down and slide on my bottom. The rest was just a scramble. There was one exposed slab maybe 25' that was intense. The rest did not have exposure. From there, it was an easy walk out along an old logging road.  
Name: Picante 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2020-06-01 
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