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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Emerald Bluff, NH
Trails
Trails: Lowes Path, The Link, Emerald Path, Israel Ridge Path
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Thursday, July 22, 2021
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Lowe's store is closed but parking in the usual place is still okay and no money was collected. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Rock hop-able with care. Cascade Brook was roaring but just a 75 feet upstream it is easy rock hopping.  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: We enjoyed walking The Link especially the section we brushed out a few weeks ago. The lower part of the The Link between Castle Ravine and Castle Trail is now brushed. Blazes need to be repainted on lower portion of Emerald Path. Sign at Israel Ridge and Emerald Path intersection for the Emerald Path is destoryed and needs to be replaced. On East side of Cascade Brook on Israle Ridge the slick steep granite slab was most difficult and the iron pins where wood steeps should be were scary. All ladders and steps on Isael Ridge were greased slippery perhaps some chicken wire or asphalt shingles should be stapled on the rungs. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: steep and rocky 
Bugs
Bugs: yes a few 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: Big day and we enjoyed the fact it wasn't raining on us this time for our work day. We hiked Lowes to The Link to begin our work on the west side of the Castle Brook brushing up hill towards the Castle Trail. From our previous traverse of the Link we discovered the lower section was a wall of spruce blocking the trail and we returned to brush it out. To our surprise a hiked came down the The Link while we were working! After we were done with our work we headed up to Emerald Bluff via the Emerald Path. Emerald Path is in good condition except right at the foot where it crosses a small drainage and it took a moment to figure out which way the trail went--a blaze here would fix it. Ladders and stairs on Israel Ridge are much appreciated but take care they are very slippery. We met another person headed up to Adams on IR.
We took a long break on top of Emerald Bluff and enjoyed the big vista of Castle Ravine and the Castellated Ridge, grateful for the clouds lifting higher so we could see far and wide.  
Name
Name: Nordic_Gal, Bria, Danielle 
E-Mail
E-Mail: amybike@gmail.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2021-07-23 
Link
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