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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Whiteface Mountain, Piper Mountain, NH
Trails
Trails: Whiteface Mountain Trail, Piper-Whiteface Link, Vista Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Tuesday, January 12, 2021
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: The parking area accomodates about 6 cars. Roadside parking is off limits at this time. I got the second to last spot around 9 am on a Wednesday. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Trace/Minimal Depth, Ice - Blue 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: The one small one was very easy. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: All the trails are in great shape. WMT is blazed in royal blue, P-WL in grinch green, Vista in yellow. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Wear a leash at least to start out near the houses.  
Bugs
Bugs:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: It was a lovely day with temps in the 20s and 30s, light wind, and sunny. All the trails were packed down. The ledges on Piper had a lot of ice. Microspikes were ideal, especially since there was little contact between spikes and rocks, although I barebooted up Whiteface easily. On Vista Trail I had a bucket list experience: seeing a live porcupine in the wild. At a distance I could see it in profile on the ground, sitting back and eating something in its hands. When I went closer (not too close) it kept turning its spiky back end in my direction. Then it crawled up into some very low branches of a small spruce tree.  
Name
Name: peaksseeker 
E-Mail
E-Mail: peaksseeker@yahoo.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2021-01-15 
Link
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