Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Hayes, NH
Trails: Mahoosuc Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, May 2, 2021
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Parked on rte 16 just after the old railroad bridge. First car there at 8:30am; there were 5 more cars when we returned around 1130am, though we only saw one couple plus their dog hiking (people park there to check out the view from the pedestrian bridge!!) The lot is easy to find.  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: The little brook crossings really are just little brook crossings (things are better than yesterday!).  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: The section of trail to Mt Hayes is really nice. There are some minor blowdowns starting about 25’ before the first bog bridge and ending just before you make the sharp right turn and start to climb, but my dog and I thought that they were fun. They certainly were not a navigation or footing issue.  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: My dog had a BLAST! She is a 30ish pound Border Collie / German Shepherd. She likes mud (check!), things to jump over (check!), squirrels and chipmunks (check!) water crossings that are below her belly (check!). She does not like moose (no sign of any at all, check!). She also does not like metal grate bridges so I carried her across the pedestrian bridge. My dog has been to Mt Hayes via Centennial Trail and liked it almost as much as this route!! We saw a full sized German Shepherd with two people and the pup looked just as happy as my dog!! And no ticks, yay!! 
Bugs: I got my first mosquito bite of the season, this morning. It has begun. :( 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: N/A 
Comments: This is a great route. It’s well marked, well maintained and really pretty. The spur path to Mascot Pond is worth the 0.2 miles each way - that’s a pretty spot! The trail had some well packed mud but most of it was avoidable as there are incredibly well placed rocks throughout the entire trail! The only truly muddy section was about 15’ of trail between the ledges and the true summit of Mt Hayes. For that, I straddled the edges because the middle was about 6” deep (as evidenced by my dogs muddy paws!!). That 0.5 mile bit between the ledges and the Mt Hayes summit are my most favorite kind of WMNF hiking - ridgeline with restricted views. Bliss!!  
Name: Bikecamphikegirl 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2021-05-02 
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