Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Dead Water Ridge - North Peak , NH
Trails: Bushwhack
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, July 31, 2022
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: From Rt 145 just south of Rt 3 in Pittsburg, I turned east onto Cedar Stream Rd and followed it for a little more than 7mi. I then turned right onto the eastern end of Dead Water Loop Rd and followed it for about 3.5mi. I then turned left onto another road that forms a loop. Gaia calls this Deadwater Loop Rd too though it is not. Note that the eastern half of this road is not passable for most cars. It’s more of an ATV trail I think. There were some rough spots in addition to some mud so I turned around and came in the west side. After about 1/2mi along the western side of the loop, where the eastern end joins it, I continued straight/right along a road that heads south and is to the west of Whipple Ridge. Whist after this road turns west to head toward Hedgehog Hill, another road turns left and heads south toward the peak. I followed it to a clearing at which point the road narrowed between two boulders; a sign that the road is only meant for ATVs beyond that point. Also, the road that travels up the drainage between Whipple and Cedar mountains is not possible without high clearance, just an FYI. Cedar Stream Rd is in good shape for the first 3mi or so. After that there was it got a bit rougher particularly at first. It’s a wide road but this spot had many potholes and rocks. Probably could do with low clearance but I felt much better with mid clearance. The road smooths out a little bit after this spot. Dead Water Loop Road is in good shape. A little narrower than Cedar Stream Rd but honestly in better shape. Low clearance with caution should do fine. All other roads I was successful in going down were similar.  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: None 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: N/A 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Sure  
Bugs: Surprisingly, there were little to none.  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: None 
Comments: Day 273, Peak 263. 2nd peak of the day after Whipple Ridge. This one was a bit more brushy/logged.

I continued along the extension of the road which Is an ATV trail, hoping that it would take me to the peak. It headed more east than south though so after a few hundred feet I jumped off of it and into the woods. I headed just west of south. The woods weren’t exactly brushy but were young growth hardwoods so still not exactly nice. I did hit some more genuine woods for a bit but before long came close to the summit where there was another large logging cut. I think I hit some hobblebush first, then fern intermingled with raspberry bushes and generic brush some of which had thorns. The whole summit was covered with it. I also found some skidder roads on my way up; grades were generally easy-moderate. The summit was pretty flat so I walked around a bit to find the high point. I signed in and returned on the same line except I aimed directly for my car rather than the ATV trail that I followed for a bit. This also allowed me, once getting out of the brush that was up high and some genuine woods in the middle, to try and skirt around a brushy area shown on Gaia between 2100ft (so where my car was) and 2200ft. I turned left (NW) at 2200ft but didn’t turn hard enough to miss the wet stuff. Oh well. And either way, you’ll still be walking through it at the very end to reach the road.

The hike was between 1.25 and 1.5mi with about 350ft of elevation. Took me just over 1hr to complete. 92 more days and 102 more peaks to go…  
Name: Liam Cooney 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2022-08-03 
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