Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Scar Ridge - East Peak, Scar Ridge - Middle Peak, NH
Trails: East Pond Trail, bushwhack
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, September 17, 2022
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Parked at East Pond Trailhead on the Kanc. 1st car there, 1 more on return, room for 6-8 cars. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Easily rock hopped 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes:  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: I lost my compass (Suunto M3) while fighting through some of the thick stuff. In the highly unlikely event someone finds it I'm happy to pay shipping to get it back. 
Comments: Based on previous reports, it sounded like the ridge from the HOL was less than ideal, so figured I'd try something else and it worked out perfectly. I followed East Pond Trail roughly 2.5 miles in to where it makes a sharp left turn. Rather than following the trail I stayed straight and headed up the rocky drainage that leads to the col between SE and E peaks. I followed this up to ~3500' and turn south toward the SE Peak. This was quite steep, but relatively open all the way up and none of the thick stuff noted in other reports. From SE to E was another story. I managed to find some moose paths through the pencil pine and spruce and hit the recognized high point, but it was slow going. I mostly followed the ridge to Middle Peak with reasonably open woods, except for one 200' section going down one of the bumps. It seems like staying on the ridge proper was the best bet as it quickly turned steep and thick if I strayed too far from it. A steep mossy scramble led to the easily found register at the high point. I debated bushwhacking straight back to the car, but opted for the longer, but easier route and dropped down to Little East Pond. I backtracked a bit and followed the drainage down until I hit an old logging road that brought me directly to the pond. I had to fight through some thick stuff at the top, but once I got below ~3100' it opened up nicely. From the pond I took the trail back past East Pond and then to my car.  
Name: Ben 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2022-09-18 
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