Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Sentinel Mountain, Canaan Mountain, Mt. Flagg, Mt. Shaw, NH
Trails: Road walk, Mt. Flagg Trail, Dave Green Trail, Sentinel Connector Trail, Canaan Mountain Trail, bushwhack, Gorilla Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, May 2, 2021
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: I called Campo Merrowvista to discuss access and parking. They were appreciative of the call. One the way home early afternoon I counted 25 (!) vehicles in and around Mt. Shaw trailhead. I can only imagine what the upper Castle lot looked like. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Mud - Significant 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: The lowest crossing of Bodge Brook is bridged and the one immediately following has and older bed/bridge or fallen tree to use. No other significant crossings on this route. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: No signs at all on this route, though blazes are generally visible throughout - more so on the eastern trails. Mt. Flagg Trail's blazes are sometimes a little tough to find but the trail is mostly obvious. There is also a fair amount of "flagg"ing tape to help. Gorilla Trail's blazes can still be followed but Father Time appears to be slowly taking them back. A couple of recent looking fallen tress on Sentinel Connector Trail - one in the col and other near the top. A couple of others on Mt. Flagg Trail. AFAIK Gorilla Trail is unmaintained so expect conditions to match. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Didn't see any. 
Bugs: None. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: Lost: a little blood, when I jammed my head into a branch stub on a leaning tree on Gorilla Trail. 
Comments: Zero snow here but a lower section of Mt. Flagg Trail was some running and/or standing water making it a bit sloppy. Some other minor mud encountered but for the most part trails are dry.

It had been several years since I visited some of these trails and despite my advancing age I remembered many of them as I hiked along. Viewpoint W of Sentinel Mountain is a great place to admire Dan Hole Pond. From Canann Mountain Trail I whacked just about due N to Canaan Mountain: it was very open though somewhat steep and rocky but had no trouble finding the recognized summit. From there I whacked W which was less rocky but with more trees - however still open with good sight lines. I sat for a few minutes on top of Mt. Flagg before continuing to Mt. Shaw via Gorilla Trail. It seemed to me the blazes were a little more difficult to see descending Mt. Shaw than ascending - which I remembered to be the case last time I was here. Sat on Mt. Shaw for a good half hour in solitude before I made my way back to Mt. Flagg and down to the car. In fact I didn't see another soul on this entire trek - and I was very much OK with that.  
Name: HMJ 
E-Mail: trailsntrees(at)gmail(dot)com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2021-05-02 
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