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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Bristol Peak, NH
Trails
Trails: Lookout Trail, logging road, snowmobile trails
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Friday, July 3, 2020
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: I parked in small turnout on logging road / snow machine trail that connects snow machine network on mountain ridge east side of Newfound Lake to Hall Road starts from Route 104 Bristol NH 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: NA 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: NA 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:
Bugs
Bugs: A single treatment of Deep Woods Off took care of moskitos, but I managed to pick up 7 or 8 wood ticks 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: Another way to approach Bristol Peak is to hike up the service road to communication tower from Hemlock Brook Road. I did this route weeks ago to access Peaked Hill. I wanted to avoid repeat of hiking service road so I sought out access via Hall Road which is due south of Bristol Peak. Hall Road gets you up fairly high elevation and turns to logging road/ snomo trail where I found nice spot to park before road got to gnarly.

I hike up to large log landing clearing where I found snow machine map and junction of several snow machine trails. I foolishly elected to ignore Lookout Trail clearly shown and whacked up spur ridge. It started out nicely, but soon deteriorated into nasty logged terrain with very thick early growth. I soldiered on thinking I'd come across this snow machine trail. Unfortunately I came across it 1/10 mile from summit. Skies were overcast so my views were limited. Western slope of summit have been logged within last 10 years so young thick growth is growing in fast and ruining the potentially excellent views this summit might offer of Newfound Lake and Cardigan Mountain ridge. East slope falls away steeply and great views towards east can be had.

I descended via Lookout ATV Trail which had some grass where I picked up some ticks. Be nice if some of the ATV riders would bring up chain saws to maintain the views before young growth gets too advanced.  
Name
Name: Jazzbo 
E-Mail
E-Mail: rdcaron@rcn.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2020-07-05 
Link
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