Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks None, NH
Trails: The Link, Cliffway, Along the Brink, Ladderback Trail, Monoway, Randolph Path, Air Line
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Friday, July 24, 2020
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: I got the last “normal” spot situated tightly between two other cars at 8:15am at Appalachia. Lots of cars parked along the road and such when we returned around 2pm.  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Mud - Significant 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Nothing hard although things were a bit wet from recent rain. You cross a very small stream toward the beginning of The Link and although it’s small doesn’t have many rocks to hop on and swells after rain such that it can be hard to walk across without wet feet (today it was easily hoppable). Memorial Bridge over Cold Brook is nice. The crossing of Spur Brook could be dangerous at times of recent rain or high water as it’s on ledges that are mossy. Not a no fall zone and the crossing is fairly small but I still wouldn’t want to be there at high water.  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: The Link, Cliffway, Ladderback Trail, and the Monoway were all blazed in yellow. The blazing was descent but not terribly frequent. Most of it was fresh but I recall one of them (or maybe just a section of one of them?) the blaze was much older and faded and looked like it could be real laced. It may have been Monoway. Not much in the way of blowdowns I recall. King Cliff, once overgrown, appears to have had some trees cut down thus allowing for a view to Kings Ravine.  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: These would be fine trails for hiking dogs.  
Bugs: They were out but not awful as I recall.  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: None 
Comments: A nice hike with a fellow redliner to grab these trails. A whacky route was of course needed to get them all: The Link —> Cliffway to White Cliff —> out-and-back on 20yd Along the Brink —> Ladderback Trail —> out-and-back on Monoway between Ladderback Trail and Coldspur Ledges —> Monoway to Cliffway —> out-and-back on bypassed section of Cliffway between Monoway and White Cliff —> Cliffway to its end on Randolph Path —> Randolph Path between Cliffway and the Pentadoi —> Randolph Path to Air Line —> Air Line to Appalachia

The hike was about 8.5mi with around 2100ft of vertical gain. The grades were rarely, if ever, steep, and were mostly easy to moderate. These are some nice trails full of lush green vegetation with some very soft footing reminiscent of a garden path. A nice view north to the Crescent Range, Randolph, and Kilkenny Ridge from White Cliff, and some cool views of King Ravine from King Cliff which appears to have been cleared of some trees. I don’t recall much about Bog Cliff. The trails were mostly dry but had lots of slick rocks and roots from recent rain. A couple spots of some severe mud. Pretty avoidable using some rocks and roots and such but my friend unfortunately sunk in almost to her knee in mud at one point. Nearly pulled her trail runner off! We only saw a few people out on these lesser travelled trails and those we did were around Appalachia and the more travelled trails such as Air Line and Randolph Path.  
Name: Liam Cooney 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2020-07-26 
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