Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks None, NH
Trails: Downes Brook Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, June 28, 2020
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Lot half full in the morning, last car to leave at 8pm 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Many crossings easy due to low levels 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Chopped out 6 big blowdowns and another 6 smaller ones with my ax. This got most of the annoying ones out, from the where the water crossings end, up to the Kate Sleeper junction. 4-5 annoying ones still remain. They are between where the Sandwich Wilderness sign is up to the 2nd to last water crossing. These are ax worthy, but could be done with a hand saw. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs: Wore the headnet all day. No ticks. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: I decided it was time to swing an ax again. I hiked the Downes Brook trail up to the Kate Sleeper junction, evaluating the blowdowns as I climbed. Then, on the way back, I chopped out as many as I could.
I may return to get the rest of them. Now that I've been up as far as Kate Sleeper, I'm curious what the rest of it's like up there, as the trail was getting really interesting.  
Name: Steve Marion 
E-Mail: swampfoxsteve@gmail 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2020-06-28 
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