Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Kelsey Mountain - East Peak, NH
Trails: Bushwhack, old skidder roads
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Thursday, September 15, 2022
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: From where I parked for Mt Kelsey (see that trail report) I drove east to the jct with what I believe is called Railroad Spur, then continued along that to a road jct shown on Gaia SW of the peak. I turned left here and traveled 2/3mi to a point just E of S of the peak and parked at a clearing. The roads I travelled between Kelsey and East Kelsey were easily drivable with a mid-clearance car. If I remember correctly, they were wide but rather bumpy/rocky. Don’t remember details but they may have been so much show that low clearance would not be advised. Not certain though.  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry 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: None 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: None 
Comments: Day 319, Peak 299. 2nd hike/peak of the day after Kelsey. Sun was flirting but still a lot of darkness, then light, etc and very, very windy.

From my car, I swam through the very tall grass next to it and into the woods behind. A few overgrown skidder roads in here, some paralleling each other. They weren’t good walking so I tended to walk in the narrow strip of woods in between them with the young hardwoods. As I continued heading N/NW toward the peak, the logging regrowth and overgrown skidder roads soon cleared and I had open young growth or hardwoods to walk through. Some old skidder roads and herd paths provided good walking too. Grades varied but steep at times. As I neared the summit, I attained a minor SE ride of the peak and snuck inbetween two small logged areas shown on Gaia. I had to got through a little brush here but it was very brief. The actual summit has some mixed woods. Not hard to find the register. Nice to read some family history in the register :) Personally, I would have no problem if we rennamed the mountain Budweiser Mtn and others that signed in seemed okay with the idea too ;)

I returned the same way except that I wisened up and walked in the woods alongside the tall grass next to the car rather than swimming through it again…who knows, I may have drowned had I tried! The hike was about 1mi with just under 500ft of gain. 20-25min up and 20min down and a break at the top came out to a hike about 1hr long. 46 more days and 66 more peaks to go…  
Name: Liam Cooney 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2022-09-15 
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