|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Bristol Peak, NH|
||Lookout Trail, logging road, snowmobile trails|
|Date of Hike:
||Friday, July 3, 2020|
|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 |
||Dry Trail |
|Water Crossing Notes:
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||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:
||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.
Disclaimer: Reports are not verified - conditions may vary. Use at own risk. Always be prepared when hiking. Observe all signs. Trail conditions reports are not substitutes for weather reports or common sense.