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Peaks
Peaks Hall's Ledge, NH
Trails
Trails: Hall's Ledge Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Monday, July 19, 2021
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Park in the Rocky Branch lot, cross rt 16, trail is just over the bridge. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Some tiny streams across upper part of trail (may have been just run-off). 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Section below the forest boundary has some nice new blazes. Thank you. Many blowdowns, non problematic (none in the ski section). Some brushy areas - no need to rush, after blackberry and raspberry season is over would be a good time. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Should be fine, just check with Jackson Ski Touring (because the upper part is theirs). 
Bugs
Bugs: a few mosquitos. One tick, which we notice before it had a chance to latch on. There are a few grassy areas - check yourself. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: Underrated and underused. Will probably go back sometime. You will NOT see the sign while driving. Park in the Rocky Branch lot, walk down across the bridge, look over the rail and there it is. Climb down and prepare to climb, this part (up to the WMNF border) has some very steep parts. There is a lovely cascade, but it is deep down from the trail and there is no spur path. It would be a destination in its own right if you don't mind the climb down to look at it (and the climb back up!). It is a workout, but not difficult as it is not chuck full of boulders. Beautiful diversity of trees on the way up. Trail levels off, reaches height of land, and then the personality of it changes drastically. At this midpoint, there is a picnic table. Rumor has it there is a great view of the northern Presidentials, but they were socked in big time.

Now the trail becomes wide and more like a forest service road. This area belongs to the Jackson Ski Touring, the Hall's Ledge Trail merges with Wildcat ski Trail. .2 miles after the picnic table is a magnificent view of Black Mtn and many other peaks. There is a picnic table here as well. The trail turns right and begins a gentle descent to its Cater Notch Road terminus. This area was farmland many years ago and was eventually donated. Check for cellar holes and an old orchard.

If you just want pretty views and historic sites, park at the Carter Notch Road Terminus and hike to the two overlooks.  
Name
Name: Beckie and Prema 
E-Mail
E-Mail: beckiejani@yahoo.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2021-07-20 
Link
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