|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Eagle Cliff - West Peak (Rumney), Downing Mountain, NH|
||FR446, snowmobile trail, bushwhack|
|Date of Hike:
||Thursday, October 15, 2020|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Parked 1.4 miles from 90 degree bend on Stinson Lake Rd where it crosses Brown Brook at the gated entrance to FR446. |
||Dry Trail |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||Snomo Bridged or step overs |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
|Lost and Found:
||Following two previous reports I walked FR446 to the split and signs for Eagle Cliff and "Quick Lunch". I chose to bear right here and gained significant elevation on the Snomo trail for about .2 miles. When it leveled off I took a bearing for Eagle Cliff and proceeded through open woods all the way to the RHP and register. The Register was sopping wet but readable (seems to be missing the plastic bag). So I grabbed an extra notepad and bag that I've been carrying and put a new register in the jar leaving the wet one on the outside of the bag. I didn't have the time to hang out while it dried and I hope it doesn't freeze the pages together in the coming months.|
From Eagle Cliff West I headed northerly for the outlet of the pond and came upon the same snomo trail previously mentioned and this led to the bridge crossing the outlet. I decided to head for the southern shoulder (as did BethZ) and used that to get to the ridge. The shoulder was strewn with a boulder field until a minor cliff band which I negotiated on the easterly side. Once on the ridge proper it was a fairly easy walk to the RHP and register. ABout 200-300 yds further west are the exposed cliffs with fantastic views of Stinson Lake and west / southwest. I saw that there is a well marked herd path (flagging) coming up to the cliffs from the north but have no idea where this come from.
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.