Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Webster Slide Mountain, Mt. Mist, NH
Trails: Pine Hill Road, ATV trail, Wachipauka Pond, abandoned Appalachian Trail, Webster Slide Trail, Wachipauka Pond Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, July 17, 2021
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Parked at turn around on Pine Hill Road, work is being done to replace the Black Brook Dam but it is passable. Lots of courteous and nice ATV riders were out in the rain, big puddles and lots of mud not a pleasant road to walk. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: 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: We paddled across Wachipauka Pond using our pack rafts. Was surprised that the Hairy Root Spring was almost dry even with all the rain we have had recently.  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Trails are clear and in good condition. 4 way intersection (Mist, pond spur, AT) we passed by four times and 2 times we met Nobo thru hikers consulting their map-phones because it wasn't obvious to them to go straight across, white blazes are faint and line of sight is blocked from where the trail sign is posted. We were thanked for confirming the way.  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: why not I guess 
Bugs: a few flying pests but not bad 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: We continue our hike and packraft paddle adventures. Niether of us have ever tried to go to the pond this route and we thought we'd give it a go. Saw a Loon and he seemed to be curious/unafraid of us as we paddled to the Old AT shore. It wasn't raining and Webster Slide Mountain's granite face looked vertical and huge above the pond. We ditched our boats and hiked to the top of Mt. Mist and checked out some of the spur paths. Since it was cloudy and misty we enjoyed a view down to the pond and across to Mt. Mist. When we returned to 4 way intersection we met two NOBOs trying to figure out which way to go to follow the AT. We went up Mt. Mist and it really began to rain. No good views from the short side path due to clouds and trees are growing in too. Up and over and then we headed south to the recognized summit of Mt. Mist. On our return to the 4 way a NOBO hiker caught up to us. We told her about the old AT along the pretty pond and she replied it was overgrown and you can't see the pond. We didn't argue since we didn't walk the truly abandoned part past the spur and it had been a couple years since I last did it. So when we returned to our boats we walked that short distance. Yes it is a little brushy nearer the AT but footbed is well defined and easy to follow. The campsites along the pond seemed nicer and cleaner than I recall so I am guessing Guthook is keeping AT hikers away. We paddled around the lake in the and returned to the Road/ATV trail. About half way back we passed by an old granite foundation with a stone basement/chimney that was impressive. Fun rainy morning adventure.
Name: Nordic_Gal, Becca Munroe 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2021-07-18 
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