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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Mt. Whiteface, NH
Trails
Trails: Downes Brook Trail, Kate Sleeper Trail, Rollins Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, June 27, 2020
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Lot about half full at 9am and full when I left mid-afternoon. This was the only major trailhead that didn't seem to be overflowing on the Kanc today.  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: All rock-hoppable with care. Water very low but you still have to be a bit careful as some rocks are still wet.  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Oh my... Downes Brook Trail looks/feels completely abandoned. Deadfall very common. Several major blowdowns with indistinct bypasses - one major one about halfway up trail - I had to look around for the actual trail. Thankfully the big blowdown mess near the top of the headwall is quite passable. It is sad there are no more blazes in this area as it is very lightly traveled - I only saw 1 person on the actual Downes Brook Trail all day though I saw around a dozen along the ridge to the summit.  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: n/a 
Bugs
Bugs: Absolutely horrible. I used high-power DEET and the black flies (I think they were... maybe something else???) in-your-eyes the entire way. Some people were wearing headnets. I stayed about 5 minutes at the outlook near the summit. Just no real breeze and no way to keep the bugs away.  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: I hadn't been up Downes Brook Trail in many years so it was time to revisit. Very pleasant grades over the long incline. Saw a garter snake on my way up, and, at the same place, on the way down. Saw a couple toads. Very pretty trail!!!!  
Name
Name: Becca Munroe 
E-Mail
E-Mail: beccahiker@yahoo.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2020-06-27 
Link
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