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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks East Sleeper, West Sleeper, NH
Trails
Trails: Downes Brook Trail, Kate Sleeper Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Wednesday, August 3, 2022
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Plenty, Only about 5-6 cars at 9:30 start and 5 end 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Mud - Minor/Avoidable 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Total of 10 crossings of Downes Brook (in each direction) were all rock hopable since the water level is relatively low. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Numerous blowdowns, most easy to step over; few duck-unders, and straddle-overs. Note, there are no blazes on Downes Brook. Blue on Kate Sleeper. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Piper had a blast. Plenty of running water on Downes Brook; mostly easily accessible for pups. No water on the Kate Sleeper trail, so pack puppy drinking water for this section of the trip. 
Bugs
Bugs: few were annoying in the later afternoon, but overall not many 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: N/A 
 
Comments
Comments: Loved this hike; had the trails (and all the spider webs) all to ourselves; didn't see another sole. We decided to take a different route to bag these relatively easy peaks for the NHHH list. Downes Brook trail ascent is quite gradual but relatively long, and very easy to follow. It transitions from the hardwood-pine forest, to more mossy Spruce-fir forest (an emerald forest) up to the ridge. Many locations along the brook to enjoy being near flowing water with small falls and moss covered rocks. Kate Sleeper trail is pleasantly flanked by ferns with sporadic views of the lakes region through the trees; really nice trail & woods.

Spotted so many toads on the trails, too. I lost count, but I must have seen nearly 20+, really. Never seen so many on one hike!!!  
Name
Name: CookiesOnTop & GoldRush 
E-Mail
E-Mail: schwarzmc at yahoo 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2022-08-04 
Link
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