Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Copple Crown Mountain, NH
Trails: Ellis R. Hatch Snowmobile Trail, Hanson Road, Woodman Hill Road, Copple Crown Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Monday, June 1, 2020
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Plenty of parking spots available at both Ellis R. Hatch and Copple Crown trailheads.  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: None 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Very well maintained trails, although some ferns are getting to knee height on the snowmobile trail.  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Great dog trail(s.) 
Bugs: Pretty thick waves of mosquitoes when in the denser parts of the forest, and when the wind died down. Wish I'd brought some DEET. So far I've found four ticks on me, which I think is owed more to my bushwhacking today.  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: What a beautiful day to be out! Not too hot, not too cold, and clear skies. Didn't want to drive all the way up to the Whites today, so explored practically in my backyard. I've been to the Ellis R. Hatch WMA once before, roughly a year or so ago, where I was buzzed by two hawks, an owl, and slapped-at by a beaver! Although my experience this time around was less dramatic, the natural beauty of the WMA was still evident, and I still saw a few critters: several frogs, painted turtles, a fox, a few large snakes, and one very large snapping turtle to be precise! Similarly, there was very clear evidence that the beaver had recently been at work... The trail from Ellis to Mountain Lake (Hanson Road) was dry, with only a few minor mud spots. After passing the Copple Crown parking lot, I took what I thought to be a newer trail on the left off Hanson Road, but instead turned out to be a dead end that led to a USFG site. It took a little while to reach said dead end, so rather than turn around, I bushwhacked to East Copple Crown. I found there to be far less of a view on the proper peak of Copple, than on the East Peak, where there was a rocky ledge that provided a great spot for a view and lunch. Took Copple Crown Trail and Woodman Hill Road back down to Hanson Road, both of which were 95% dry. All told, I spent the better part of six hours exploring quite a bit of the WMA!  
Name: Brettski 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2020-06-01 
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