Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks East Royce, West Royce, NH
Trails: Royce Trail, Royce Connector, East Royce Trail, Basin Rim Trail, Basin Trail, roadwalk
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, July 24, 2011
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Parked at Brickett place - room for 10+ cars - note this is a pay lot. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Water levels low - easily crossed on rocks 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Trails up to East and West Royce in great shape - lots of recent work, Basin rim in great shape - just one blowdown lying diagonal in the trail but can get around. Basin trail has 10+ years old Blowdowns - mostly above the Hermit falls loop - all really large but which for the most part can simply get across or around - one in an inconvenient location coming down the steeps, another one has a newer blowdown on top that given their position you'll needs to climb over - if an effort is made to remove any of these blowdowns it will almost certainly take a chainsaw.  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Saw one puppy on Basin trail on the way down - some steeps but nothing to challenging - On this loop there is a long stretch without any water - from just above Mad river falls about 1.6 miles up Royce Trail to around a mile down the Basin Trail - over 8 miles without water including out and back to East Royce 
Bugs: Mosquitoes and other small bugs a bit bothersome down low but up higher they didn't seem to be biting 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: A great loop hike in Evans notch though it includes a bit of a roadwalk -Great views in East Royce and a great view looking down of Basin Pond from a ledge just down the Basin trail from Rim junction. - it looks like recent trail work on the trails up to east and west royce. Trails were all dry with the exception of a couple of spots of mud that are easily avoided. Note that the actual summit of East Royce is not at the summit sign - you need to follow a hard path the the actual summit which is very obvious to follow - the ledges beyond the actual summit are definitely worth a visit - just continue following the herd path.  
Name: Brian from Maine 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2011-07-24 
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