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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Sandwich Dome, Mt. Israel, NH
Trails
Trails: Bearcamp River Trail, Sandwich Notch Road, Smarts Brook Trail, Algonquin Trail, Black Mountain Pond Trail, Mead Trail, Wentworth Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, November 21, 2020
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Mead Base, ample parking. Good condition. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Ice - Black, Wet/Slippery Rock, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Leaves - Significant/Slippery 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Some light rock hopping; minimal 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Black Mountain Pond had some blowdown that made trail finding a little difficult. Nothing extraordinary. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Descent down Black Mountain Pond may not be suitable for inexperienced canines. 
Bugs
Bugs: None 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: Big loop through the Sandwich range on a cool, crisp day. Road run up Sandwich Notch Road and then to the trail up Smarts Brook. Minimal hikers at mid-morning. Queue to the summit with COVID precautions. Smarts Brook was muddy in places although it was all avoidable and minimal. The top of Algonquin was busy from the trailhead at the base. Good condition, no ice. Gusting winds over the ridgeline. Black Mountain Pond had wet rock and layers of white ice in between the boulders that were somewhat unavoidable. Passable without traction if you take care. Spotty moments of wet, slippery rock all the way to the junction with Guinea Pond. Mead Trail was mostly dry with small segments of mud. Wentworth was covered in slippery leaves although mostly dry. All in all, a full day, the right temperature, good friends, solid mileage.  
Name
Name: Johnny 
E-Mail
E-Mail:  
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2020-11-22 
Link
Link: http://www.strava.com/activities/4371438943 
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