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Peaks
Peaks Potash Mountain, NH
Trails
Trails: Forest Road 511, Mt. Potash Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, June 20, 2021
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Parking for 2 side-by-side vehicles (if you had maybe 4 vehicles in your "party" all meeting up, you could easily park them in "tandem" style, whilst keeping the road free from blocking the gate. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: None (we traversed via FR-511 to avoid Downes Brook for the little guy not have to cross during his descent when he would be most fatigued *despite the brook being pretty low from reports that I have read). 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: There are 2 blow downs; however, they are not new (one had a very well established herd path avoiding it); the other I'd already read about in previous hiking reports 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: We met 2 beautiful dogs today.  
Bugs
Bugs: Mosquitoes at the trailhead/parking area and once we got going up FR-511, they seemed to go away. Upon arrival back at our car just after 12p, there were hardly any at all. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: None. 
 
Comments
Comments: WE HAD OUR VERY FIRST MOOSE ENCOUNTER ON A TRAIL THAT HIGH UP...EVER! It was amazing! She was a big girl. She was crossing the trail at approximately 0.1-0.2 mile from the first viewpoint ledge. She stayed calmly waiting in the woods, turning around to watch us as we finally had the nerve to pass her, staying on the trail. Then, she started to follow us (haha that's what it felt like... she was probably annoyed with my BEAR BELL JINGLING! LOL) ... she walked all the way up the ledge! We started picking up the pace after that... and never saw her again (the two other little groups of people we'd encountered on our descent had not seen her either; but, we had been warned upon our ascent that she was lingering on the trail- so, we were prepared to turn around if we couldn't get by her). We feel VERY blessed to have had that experience - in all the decades that I've been hiking, I've never personally encountered a moose on a trail (or in the woods that I'd been hiking... have only seen moose from the car a few times). WOW! WONDERFUL DAY!  
Name
Name: GRACE MORGAN 
E-Mail
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Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2021-06-20 
Link
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