|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Cabin Trail, Whitin Brook Trail, Old Paugus Trail, Bickford Trail, Route 113A|
|Date of Hike:
||Sunday, October 25, 2020|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Thanks for the work on the parking. We used this lot a few years back and it was muddy. Since then, a lot of crushed stone has been put down. NICE! This lot can hold several properly parked vehicles and is located on Rt 113A across from the Cabin/Big Rock Cave Trails. |
||Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Leaves - Significant/Slippery |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||Cabin Trail - lots of easy little ones. Whitin Brook - at least 3, unless the 4th was on this and not Old Paugus. At present water levels they would be fine for average or taller adults. I got one foot wet, I crossed upstream only to find that the bank was steep, haha. I used North Twin as a verb when I made at least 2 of the crossings within minutes....as in, "I wonder why they don't 'North Twin" this." But as I said, most (like 95%) won't have trouble, it's just me having a short stride. Prema is an inch taller than me, but has long legs, so it was a little easier for her. Have fun! |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||A big THANK YOU to trail maintenance! Huge blowdowns in the Sandwich Wilderness had been dealt with (no power tools in Wilderness areas). New Sandwich Range Wilderness sign on Old Paugus looks great. |
||Would be fun for them. Two things to remember 1. Some parts run through private land 2. If you do the road walk, there will be a lot of LOUD conversation from the canine brethren across the street when they see you and yours! |
|Lost and Found:
||Nice redlining loop. We had done Cabin a few years ago in May. very gradual ascent to where it meets the Whitin Brook Trail. Since it is stick season, we could see some of the surrounding peaks. Whitin Brook starts in the evergreens and steeply descends. There are obstructed views of the Paugus Slide here. Trail levels off in the hardwoods. The brook makes its appearance here and will accompany you for the rest of the way. Very pretty brook with some mini-cascades from time to time. Old Paugus is like this as well. Saw a few artifacts near here. |
Bickford trail ascends from this point. Beautiful woods walk, very little trouble following (just pay attention and take your time with all those leaves). That is, until the trail went through someone's drive way on the way down to the road. Prema was a little ahead of me, she told me later that you will see a blue blaze just beyond that will bring you back into the woods. I ended up taking the driveway to Mexico Road and then Rt. 113A back to the car.
There is still a lot of tan/yellow foliage on trees in the lower elevation. When the afternoon sun shines on them the effect is pure gold.
Watch out for mud and standing water hidden by leaves.
||Beckie and Prema |
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.