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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks The Scaur, NH
Trails
Trails: Livermore Trail, Kettles Path, The Scaur Spur, Irene's Path, bushwhack, Norway Rapids Trail, Cascade Path, Boulder Path
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Wednesday, January 12, 2022
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: At the large lot for Livermore Trail in Waterville Valley. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Ice - Breakable Crust, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: The two biggest crossings on this route required some slight improvisation. I crossed Norway Rapids a bit downstream, where there was solid ice and a small hop. The crossing of Avalanche Brook on Boulder Path was not doable where the trail intersects it. I went upstream a short distance to a good ice bridge. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: A few blowdowns scattered about. Some junctions could be better signed, and blazing could be touched up. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs
Bugs:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: It was a good day to escape the rest of the world for a bit on these backcountry trails.

I wore snowshoes for the walk along groomed Livermore Trail as to not mess up the ski conditions, and decided to leave them on for the remainder of the hike due to choppy trails. There were many sections where bare boots or spikes would have also worked, but the 'shoes made things easier. Snowshoes were essential for the off-trail portion of this hike. That said, snow depths are still very thin for January, with a slight layer of breakable crust over a granular base. Lots of rocks visible. :(

Instead of backtracking from The Scaur, I followed Irene's Path for a bit, then bushwhacked southeasterly down the slope at an angle, aiming for the Livermore Trail/Norway Rapids Trail junction. Woods were open, but there were numerous small blowdown patches to work around. Once at the junction, it was a fairly straightforward hike on trails the rest of the way.

Several skiers out on Livermore Rd. today, as well as one person on a fat bike.  
Name
Name: KenM 
E-Mail
E-Mail: kmacgray@gmail.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2022-01-12 
Link
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