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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Mt. Moosilauke, NH
Trails
Trails: Tunnel Brook Trail, Benton Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Thursday, August 13, 2020
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Tunnel Brook road was damaged beyond reason by Irene. The road is good from rt 112 for about a mile and a half. It comes to a stop where the damage begins and there is room for several vehicles if you park properly. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: One at the beginning of the Benton Trail, not difficult (but may be during high water). A few tiny streams 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Good signs all the way. Nice bridges across a couple deep trenches on the damaged road. Thanks! 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Bring water! 
Bugs
Bugs: very few. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: A great big thanks to Steve Smith for his blog post about his recent trip. My vacation was about to start (that's why I posted 4 hikes right now, wasn't home to do them daily) and here was this lovely possibility. Lovely walk on the decommissioned portion of the road. So many beautiful late summer flowers and a few raspberries and blackberries. Amazing to see the damaged inflicted by the hurricane! Then it becomes a nice forest service road. You get to the Benton Trail before you know it. A constant ascent with several short flat areas so you can catch your breath. At 1.3 miles there is a lovely view down into the ravine. Don't miss it! There is a flat area going through some scrubby evergreens further up. Meets up with the Beaver Brook Trail and before long you are breaking through into the alpine area. We spent a good 90 minutes there. One of he best hikes I've done! Met two SOBOs. An easy summit to social distance on. And I got back to the car in less than 4 hours. Not that I'm rushing, but it was a surprise for someone like me. A great way up Moosilauke.  
Name
Name: Beckie and Prema 
E-Mail
E-Mail: beckiejani@yahoo.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2020-08-14 
Link
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