Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Magalloway Mountain - West Peak, NH
Trails: Bobcat Trail, bushwhack, road walk
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Thursday, August 4, 2022
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Parked at the end of Tower Road at the trailheads. Road in pretty decent shape…. Longer than I had remembered. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes:  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: The short portion of Bobcat we hiked was clear 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: We started up the Bobcat Trail, hiking to about 2700’. We were using the tracks on Gaia as a guide as to where to start our bushwhack. There was a well-used moose/people trail at the beginning. At one point we passed a birch tree with a memorial plaque (it appears to be one of those ‘donate/plant a tree’ memorials you can do instead of flowers). Continuing on the path became more overgrown and had several forks. We took a left at one of these which brought us a bit north? of the track we’d been following but still seemed to be decent going. We started heading more west into a col. We headed towards the peak and could see it rise fairly steeply ahead of us. The woods changed to pine but were still fairly open. We started angling up the steep grade, unfortunately running smack into a thick spruce band at about .2 miles below the summit. We soldiered through, thinking our training on the Kanc was paying off LOL. Eventually the spruce thinned out enough so we could follow what appeared to be a very old herd path. This lead to the steep cone, overgrown with ferns and other bushes. We pushed our way to the small, open summit where there was a path through the various trees that have started to take over. I happened to glance over my shoulder and saw the white and red canister well hidden among several large pines. We signed in and started down the cone, determined to stick with the Gaia track, which stuck more to the ridge, avoiding the spruce. At some point, we decided to just drop straight to the road. This turned out to be a lot shorter and even though there were some hobblebush areas, the woods were pretty open much of the way. I’d always wondered why we hadn’t seen anyone just go from the road just perpendicular to the peak! That seems a pretty good way to go!  
Name: Lady B and Italian 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2022-08-04 
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