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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Mt. Mist, Webster Slide Mountain, NH
Trails
Trails: Wachipauka Pond Trail, Webster Slide Trail, Wachipauka Pond Spur
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, May 2, 2021
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: No issues. 3-4 other vehicles at the Route 25 AT crossing in Glencliff, one other vehicle at the Route 25C AT crossing. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Significant 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: A whole bunch of seasonal streams running, but most were quite easy. The only one that took more than a second of thought was the brook crossing on Wachipauka Pond Spur, which we all managed to cross safely. The odd thing was, a dozen yards upstream of the trail crossing was a spot where the brook narrowed sufficiently to just step across. We wondered - why didn't the trail cross there? 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: A bunch of blowdowns on both trails. We cleared some smaller ones, but several large ones still remain. Large portions of the trail were wet and muddy for long sections. In the one bog bridge section, some of the bridges were rotted. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Saw one, whose owner said that the dog liked mud. If they do, then this will be a great hike. If not, then this is really not the time of year to take your dog hiking. 
Bugs
Bugs: They're coming out. They started to swarm if we stopped too long. It might not be a bad idea to add a head net to your pack. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: Nada. 
 
Comments
Comments: This was a very enjoyable and muddy hike. There's practically no snow here - only a few extremely tiny patches just hanging on at the summits of Mist and Webster Slide that will probably be gone in 24 hours. While the sign at the summit of Mist is gone, the metal bolts that once held the sign to its tree are still there. There didn't seem to be any rhyme or reason to where the dozens of mudpits were - some were on flat sections, while plenty were on climbs on both sides of the mountains. Webster Slide Trail has a steep section that is extremely eroded (and was wet today) - take your time and you'll be fine. We saw several hawks flying around while we ate lunch at the top of Webster Slide Mountain right next to the cliff. Wachipauka Pond itself was absolutely beautiful - a serene little pond surrounded by woods. Trees in the area are only just budding now. We saw several different types of wildflowers, though unfortunately we were unable to identify them.

We saw only a few other hikers the whole day. Thanks Donna and Hanley for joining me!  
Name
Name: GN 
E-Mail
E-Mail: ghnaigles@gmail.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2021-05-02 
Link
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