Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Blue, Mt. Moosilauke, NH
Trails: Beaver Brook Trail, Asquam Ridge Trail, herd path, Benton Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, May 22, 2021
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Plenty when we started a Beaver, the *new* parking area for Benton is 1.6 mile roadwalk, Irene did a number on the road 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable), Mud - Significant, Snow - Spring Snow 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: No issues on any crossing along all trails listed 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: The trail maintainer of Benton Trail deserves huge props for the love this trail gets. The water bars have seen some serious love and work, and the amount of blowdowns cleared, and their size, are staggering. You sir, are a super hero. It was one of the finest trailbeds I have ever walked on.  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs: A true rarity, a tick was pulled off Nordic Gal (not imbedded) 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: One of the finest days in the forest in recent memory.

For me, every step was a new trail! Beaver Brook was in fine shape and mostly dry up until about 4000, it was patchy snow/firm rail until treeline. No need for spikes along all trails listed. Stunning views to be had along the trail, the cascades offered welcomed air conditioning in the humidity. Surpisingly few folks out, only ran into about ten folks along all trails, aside from summit which had about 15. Shockingly, there was four people on Benton! We enjoyed pleasant conditions on the summit of Moose, we occupied one of the stone windbreaks and enjoyed fine views, hazy, but was fun to trace familiar ridges. On our way out we went down the Benton Trail, which came highly reccomended by a redliner. It was truly one of the nicest trails I have ever been on. Don't tell anyone. The outlook is growing in, Nordic Gal said it was much better in years prior. Noted dwarf gerranium on the way out!

Name: The Teal Goat, Nordic_Gal, Bradygirl1 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2021-05-22 
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