|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Mt. Tecumseh, NH|
||Mt. Tecumseh Trail, Sosman Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Monday, November 22, 2021|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Though mine was the only car anywhere near the trailhead I did see two other hikers!! |
||Dry Trail, Snow - Trace/Minimal Depth, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Ice - Breakable Crust, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Mud - Significant, Leaves - Significant/Slippery, Snow/Ice - Small Patches |
||Light Traction |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||Both were easy, noting that I am terrible at water crossings, so if I thought they were easy, they really were!! |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||Absolutely fabulous trails. And I’m not just saying that because I know who is reading this, LOL, these trails really are amazingly constructed, continuously being improved and incredibly well maintained!! :) |
||Saw one. It didn’t bite me or push me off a boulder into a water crossing so it was a better interaction than earlier this year, on other trails. |
|Lost and Found:
||From the parking lot to just before the 2nd water crossing, it was muddy leafy fall hiking. Descending down to the second water crossing was icy but I didn’t need microspikes, I just stepped carefully. Coming back up after the crossing was also a little bit icy but still ok with bare boots. |
About 0.1 miles above the “view” the trail started to have long patches of ice. From this point to 3100’ I was putting my microspikes on and taking them off. After 3100’ I left them on.
At the junction for the summit I took the trail on the right, as I have not gone that way before. I had the summit to myself. Coming back down I took the other trail (loops are better than out-and-back, you know?!)
I have never hiked Sosman Trail so headed out that way, next. It really hadn’t been snowing much, but before I got to the top of the ski lift at the end of Sosman Trail, the wind had picked up and the snow was coming down hard. I decided to head down the ski slopes so as to have the chance of shelter in one of the buildings, if needed, and also to get down to lower elevation the quickest way.
This was a superb decision because I saw a snowy owl flying over the ski slopes!! It landed and I was able to watch it for a bit. I scared it off because I fell onto my bum as I was trying to continue hiking (the ski slope is very steep and slippery - I fell a few times but was unharmed - it’s really not that much of a fall at that grade!!)
I was below the crazy snow after 0.5 miles and, even though it was easy to see where I could pop back onto the trail at that “view” spot, I continued down the ski trail to my car. I kept my microspikes on until I started hiking down the ski trail - they were balling the new snow really badly and I actually was better off without them on!!
Thanks to everyone that writes trail reports - the information is terrific. Hope that this information helps you as much as your trail reports help me!! Hope you have a safe and healthy holiday season!!
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.