Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Little Deer Hill, Big Deer Hill, NH
Trails: Deer Hill Connector, Leach Link, Deer Hill Trail, Deer Hill Bypass
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Tuesday, January 12, 2021
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Cold River parking area is clear, but see below. A couple of other cars when we arrived and another couple headed across the road to the Baldface trail system. Stone House Rd has space for a couple of cars at the gate to the Leach Link Tr. but we had it to ourselves. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable) 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Dam was impassable, at least by us. The plank bridge over the gap has been removed for the season. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes:  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Leach Link follows a dog-sled trail for a short distance, but we saw no evidence of dogs or sleds.  
Bugs: Snow fleas 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: The hills are in Maine, but the trail starts in NH. The only problem we encountered seems to be on the NH side of the state line.

We parked at Cold River NFS parking area intending to access the Deer Hills loop via the Deer Hill Connector which crosses the river at the dam. When we got to the dam we found that the plank bridge had been removed for the season, and the gap is too far to jump. The water was cold, deep and swift so we retraced our steps to the car and drove north to the Stone House Road. There we parked at the gate to the Leach Link Trail and did the hike, using spikes for traction the whole way. There's about 6 inches of snow on the ground. The trails are packed snow with some bare sections of leaves and rocks. No significant ice, but we did not try either of the Ledges or Frost Trails.  
Name: Spartacus 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2021-01-13 
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