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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Lookout Ledge, Mt. Randolph, Mt. Randolph - North Peak, Castleview Ledge, Castleview Rock, NH
Trails
Trails: Vyron D. Lowe Trail, Crescent Ridge Trail, bushwhack, Carlton Notch Trail, Castleview Loop, Interpretive Trail, Community Forest Road, Double Brook Road, Pasture Path, Ledge Trail, Sargent Path, Durand Road
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Thursday, May 6, 2021
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: At Randolph Spring on Durand Rd. in Randolph. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Mud - Significant 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Many many small crossings today, but none were an issue. Lots of water flowing everywhere. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: All of these trails are generally in good shape. VDLT had six minor blowdowns. There are two blowdowns right at Lookout Ledge. CRT had a couple small blowdowns just south of the Mt. Randolph summit. The lower section of Sargent Path is succumbing to severe erosion; it was a literal stream today. RMC does an impeccable job with blazing and signage. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs
Bugs: Nope. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: This was a long 10-ish mi. loop to check on some trails and hit a few other objectives.

All of these trails were wet and muddy in spots but south facing trails were starting to dry out in the afternoon.

From the height of land on CRT near Randolph's north peak, I did the short bushwhack to the summit. This was a fun one as the high point is not where the USGS topo says it is. After exploring the various bumps up there, I found the register tucked away on a rocky nubble with the familiar names inside. Lots of herd paths to utilize although the distance is very short.

The remainder of the hike was fairly straightforward although I recommend going UP Sargent Path! Holy steep.

I ended up visiting Lookout Ledge twice on this route -- no views in the morning but skies cleared out nicely in the afternoon for excellent views of the northern Presis.

Very quiet out here today aside from startling a bear at the VDLT / CRT junction. Of all people, I also ran into Larry Davis of Mt. Monadnock fame on Mt. Randolph.  
Name
Name: KenM 
E-Mail
E-Mail: kmacgray@gmail.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2021-05-06 
Link
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