|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Mt. Starr King, Mt. Waumbek, NH|
||Starr King Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Thursday, October 15, 2020|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Arrived at the lot at 3:15pm to a couple other cars there. Plenty of room. I was the last one put around 6:15pm. |
||Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Mud - Significant |
|Water Crossing Notes:
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||The trail is blazed in yellow. Some fresh, and some old. I don’t recall how often but the trail was easy to follow. The leaves have obscured the foot bed some down low though they aren’t too prolific. No blowdowns that I recall. All signs intact at trailhead and summit. |
||This would be a fine trail for most dogs. Not much water though so I’d bring lots. |
||Saw some large, unknown flying insect on me for a split second before it flew away and I lost it..,I wonder what it was! |
|Lost and Found:
||A nice little post-work hike to grab #14/48 for my October grid. And what a beautiful evening to do it. Nice temps and a clear, sunny sky. Got some nice glimpse of the sunset through the trees on my way back too :) I was surprised at how much I could feel the wind even below treeline on the sheltered ridge. |
The trail dried out pretty nicely today and yesterday given all the rain before that. I expected it to be much wetter. The trail was mostly dry with the occasional wet spot. Some wet rock but nothing that felt slippery. Very little mud until you get near the summit of Starr King. Obviously there was a lot more mud along the ridge but it was mostly pretty shallow and, with a few exceptions, could stick my trail runner in it without getting my foot soaked. I finally noticed the true summit of Starr King too off to the right on your ascent (just before you *think* you come to the high point) recognized by a cairn.
Completed the hike in 2hr50min. I was surprised to see as many people as I did out. I think 8 in total, including myself.
||Liam Cooney |
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.