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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Van Dyck Mountain, NH
Trails
Trails: Frank Keazer Road, Lost Nation Road, unknown road, bushwhack
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, January 23, 2022
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: I parked at the jct of Diamond Pond Rd and what’s shown on Gaia as Frank Keazer Rd. The latter is gated and I had enough room to pull off. The former is well travelled and plowed and suitable for any car.  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Unpacked Powder 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: None 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: There are numerous trees overhanging Frank Keazer Road, toward its unplowed beginning, that you’ve got to fight through.  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Sure 
Bugs
Bugs: None 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: None 
 
Comments
Comments: Day 84, Peak 76. 1st hike of the day. Finally a day without bitter cold overnight temps… but then again the wind picked up a little bit and we didn’t have the same beautiful blue skies and sun that we had the past two days. I took advantage of the fact that two folk kindly broke this out the day before :) I followed their tracks the entire way.

I started just past 8:15am. I walked around the gate at the start of Frank Keazer Rd (no signs prohibiting access) and walked the road E/SE until it seems to randomly transition to being called Lost Nation Rd on Gaia. It was plowed a brief ways, then unplowed. The road was nearly flat until it meets another road and turns N/NE at which point it descends gently a ways, then ascends again, first gently, then more moderately. Where Lost Nation Rd turns south, the people that broke this out yesterday cut the corner and whacked 0.1mi to the unknown road to the east. I followed that road north for another 0.1-0.2mi until their tracks turned right to leave the road and bushwhacked through open woods for about 1/4mi to the peak at moderate grades. The register was easy to find and there was some pink surveyors tape seeming to lead you to it. Unfortunately, some ice had gotten into the jar so I had to use what little arm strength I have to tear the plastic bag from the ice to sign in. The notepad was frozen and moldy. I chose to write on the cover of it since I couldn’t open to the pages.

I returned in my tracks. The hike was 5-5.5mi with about 1200ft of gain, about 50ft of which is on the return trip. Thanks to everything being broken out, the hike only took me 2.5hrs :) 281 more days and 289 more peaks to go…  
Name
Name: Liam Cooney 
E-Mail
E-Mail: liamcooney96@gmail.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2022-01-25 
Link
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