Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Deer Mountain, Deer Mountain - South Peak, NH
Trails: Deer Mountain Fire Tower Trail, bushwhack
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Wednesday, October 14, 2020
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Parked on the forest road (Sophie’s Lane portion of the Cohos Trail) that leaves Route 3 north shortly before the Deer Mountain Campground sign, in a mowed pullout just before the right hand turn for the campground dam and the left fork sign for the Fire Tower trail. You can drive up that fork to a parking area across from the actual trailhead: we walked. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Mud - Significant, Leaves - Significant/Slippery 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Multiple, two were rock hops, 3 step overs, one with a log bridge 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Trail is well worn and blazed pretty well in blue. Two blow downs to step over and several that have unofficial bypass paths. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Did the Fire Tower trail first. Moderate grades with occasional easy sections and a couple steep ones. The trail follows the stream up to a col and as a result of yesterday’s rain the stream was running full and fast and the waterfalls were amazing! We encountered some slippery spots and some muddy sections but overall it’s a great trail. The fire tower is missing most of its stairs so is closed to climbing. First one I’ve seen with a pine tree growing right up through the middle! No views due to hanging fog and clouds. Followed the trail back to the ridge towards the south peak, heading up through a fairly clear section towards the first of several bumps on the way to our goal. The ridge had lots of spruce and pencil pine to negotiate but we were treated with multiple moose remains including a jaw bone before making our final climb to the height of land where we finally found the canister and signed in: lots of signatories! Took a direct line down towards the col where the trail meets the stream that it follows down to the trailhead. Alternated between pencil pine woods and marshy grassy moose paths all the way. Followed the trail the rest of the way down.  
Name: Lady B and Italian 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2020-10-14 
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