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Peaks
Peaks Mt. Parker, NH
Trails
Trails: Mt. Langdon Trail, Mt. Parker Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, June 27, 2020
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Room for three smaller vehicles at trailhead. We parked in the dirt lot diagonally across the street, next to the Saco River. Appears to also be a dirt lot directly across from the little trailhead lot. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Few water crossings very low, easy rock hops 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Trails in excellent shape, especially beyond the Wilderness sign at 1.0mi. Very few blazes, but trail easy to follow without them. A few stepovers and one duck under. Not a problem. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Saw multiple happy looking pups, including at the summit. This is probably a better trail for dogs, as footing is mostly on dirt, and the trail never gets overly steep. 
Bugs
Bugs: Epic bug rave throughout. Biting and flying bugs at trailhead. Mosquitoes over the first mile, then black flies swarmed from the wilderness sign, over Oak Ridge, and up Parker past the junction. More flying bugs on the summit, where ants joined the party. First time I've worn the bug net since Katahdin 2017. Grass will brush your legs over the first 1.0 mile to the wilderness sign. Found no ticks. Long pants are a good idea. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: None 
 
Comments
Comments: Added another 52 WAV. Very gentle footing all the way by White Mountain standards, with a lot of soil and few rocks and roots. Trail never gets overly steep, but it's more like 3.8 miles of staircase. On this day, the high humidity and bug battles sapped a lot of our energy, and the endless staircase was hard. With the lower elevation start, there is a lot to gain along the way. It felt longer than our 2.5 hours to summit. Return was under 2 hours.

Prepare for the bugs and the stairs, and this hike is a hidden gem of silence where you won't hear any Harleys rip by. You won't hear much of anything besides the minor key songs of many Wood Thrush. Best part: a nap on summit, with a direct view to Mt. Washington. Go hike this mountain.  
Name
Name: Lord Bass 
E-Mail
E-Mail: lordbass@gmail.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2020-06-27 
Link
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