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Peaks
Peaks Mt. Klem, Mt. Mack, NH
Trails
Trails: East Gilford Trail, East Gilford Fire Road, Round Pond Trail, Klem Mack Loop, Mack Ridge Trail, abandoned trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Tuesday, July 27, 2021
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: First time for me to the new lot on Wood Road. Very specific instructions for using the lot including numbered spaces. Room for 5 cars. I was the only vehicle there when I arrived around 11am, 2 others when I returned around 130pm. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, 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: Bridged. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: One large blowdown just below the summit of Mack between Mack and Klem. Noted more advanced erosion on the approach to Klem near the stone wall crossing. The work done by BRATTS near the pond is holding up great. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: No issues for dogs 
Bugs
Bugs: A few pesky deer flies mainly down low on the Fire Road. Found one small tick on my leg when I got home. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: A water bottle at the trailhead 
 
Comments
Comments: It had been a while since I had visited these two peaks and boy has it changed! The new parking lot is nice but cozy and the logging that was done last year has really opened up the forest above the Fire Road. Trails were mixed dry, wet and some mud, most of the mud was avoidable. The wet area of the Mack Ridge Trail heading down to the pond was flooded making it tricky to keep your feet dry. The logging cut extends from the Round Pond Trail/Fire Road junction up the slope adjacent to the Round Pond Trail. It extends to the southwest some as well opening up some views to Belknap. I didn't see anyone for my entire trip.

The extension of East Gilford Trail from the Fire Road to the new lot is worn in well but will need more work to make sustainable. There are some areas of side hill that are already starting to creep downhill. This new extension adds about 2/10 of a mile to the hike each way and follows closely along Poorfarm Brook.  
Name
Name: skidder 
E-Mail
E-Mail: stephen.kidder@yahoo.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2021-07-27 
Link
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