|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Kearsarge North Mountain, NH|
||Kearsarge North Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Tuesday, July 20, 2021|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Small lot beside Hurricane Mountain Road. On return, some vehicles parked on alongside the road. |
||Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable |
|Water Crossing Notes:
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||No obstructions on trail. |
||Fine for dogs |
|Lost and Found:
||As noted in the White Mountain Guide, this trail has an elevation gain of 2,600 feet which is comparable to some four thousand foot peak hikes.|
Good trail when recent rains may have made some river crossings difficult since there are no brooks transecting this path.
Haze from western forest fires obscured the views of most summits from the fire tower at the summit. On a good day there are fine views of Mt Washington and Carter Notch from the summit tower. The summit log is back. I did not see the sign about the historic fire tower that used to be near the staircase.
Much of the surface was wet from the recent rains. However, I did find some dry surfaces on most of the ledges for safer footing. Even on totally wet ledges, there were some flat spots to aid passage.
Saw hardy Laurel flowers on the summit ledges. Some red pine on the Kearsarge North Trail.
There were piles of trunks and limbs on the side of the trail in a couple spots above the ledges. Not sure of the purpose of the debris as it didn't appear to be blocking any false paths.
There are backwoods toilets near the summit (signed side path).
Two hikers were descending on the Weeks Brook Path. This is a good alternative to the popular Kearsarge North Trail. The last time I used the Weeks Brook Trail I ended up with lots of ticks. I don't know if the grass has been mowed on that trail.
Heard four claps of thunder while on descent. The storm sounded to be to the south. The haze prevented the spotting of cumulonimbus clouds.
Disclaimer: Reports are not verified - conditions may vary. Use at own risk. Always be prepared when hiking. Observe all signs. Trail conditions reports are not substitutes for weather reports or common sense.