|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Shelburne Moriah Mountain, NH|
||Shelburne Trail, Kenduskeag Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Sunday, July 31, 2022|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Arrived at the gate for the north terminus at 10:45am and we were the only car there all day. The dirt road to the gate has a few spots at the very beginning that require caution in a low clearance car, but those spots are completely doable and the road is smooth sailing after that. |
||Dry Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||Small brook crossings on Shelburne north were easy step overs. |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||Several trees are blown down on the Shelburne north trail, including a few that have to be navigated under or around because they are too large and branchy to get over. The fire road portion that makes up the first 2 miles of the Shelburne north trail is very overgrown with vegetation knee- and often waist-high for a significant portion. |
||Saw no dogs today. |
||Bugs were out below tree line and I made use of my head net for a significant portion of the hike in both directions. No bugs at the summit. |
|Lost and Found:
||Judging by the tall grasses and plants, the northern part of the Shelburne trail seems to be little used. We were still able to follow the tire tracks in those first 2 miles of the old logging road, but it is pretty dodgy in spots and we checked All Trails several times to make sure we had not gone off route anywhere. Definitely wear long pants on this trail as you are wading through significant vegetation in the first 2 miles and also again on the Kenduskeag, where the vegetation is also closing in in the trail in a number of places. |
The 2nd 2 miles of Shelburne North, once you hang a left at the small arrow sign, are much closer to what you’d expect in terms of trail clearance. And the first mile in that stretch after the arrow sign remains pretty smooth footing. The rougher, rocky terrain doesn’t really begin until mile 3 of Shelburne north (and it continues on the Kenduskeag), allowing one to make pretty good time in miles 1 through 3 notwithstanding the vegetation in miles 1 and 2 as mentioned.
There are a few thick muddy spots that require navigating off trail. And as mentioned above, there are several blow downs blocking the trail that could really use attention.
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.