Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Kineo - East Peak, NH
Trails: 7 8 9 Road, Weir Road, yellow blazed trails, bushwhack
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Wednesday, September 28, 2022
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: From the left hand turn off of Mirror Lake Rd and onto Hubbard Brook Rd, I drove for about 5mi to signed 7, 8, 9 Rd. I bore left onto it but immediately came to a gate so I parked at the jct of the two roads. Hubbard Brook Rd is dirt and can be rough and bumpy with some rocks sticking up out of it but should be passable by low clearance cars with care.  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Mud - Significant 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: None 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: A few blowdowns along the yellow blazed trails. Easily worked around. Some are grown in quite a bit at times with hobblebush. They are blazed relatively regularly but are not signed.  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Sure  
Bugs: None 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: None  
Comments: 7, 8, 9 Road/XH22E, Weir Rd/XH22R, Yellow blazed trails, bushwhack

Day 332, Peak 315. A nice post-work hike. From my car parked at the jct of 7, 8, 9 Rd, I continued behind the gate. This road is also marked by a stake in the ground as XH22E. Gaia named it such as well. After 1/3mi I made a sharp right turn onto Weir Rd/XH22R. I followed this to its end at the drainage. The roads very easy walking. There’s a clear trail corridor on the left. Overgrown but easily followable. Blazed in yellow. I didn’t notice it on the way up, but if you’re looking for the most efficient route up, immediately look for another yellow blazed trail on the left diverging from this one. You probably won’t notice it unless you’re looking for it. It’s marked my pink tape on a tree too.

I continued straight thought, generally a short ways east of the drainage though pulling a bit farther away from it as you ascended. Muddy at its start and wet throughout due to rain showers but it’s a nice trail. I came to a clearing and science experiment at 2400ft. Trail jcts aren’t clear here but if you just poke around on the left side of the clearing, you’ll pick up a contouring path that heads NE and gains just a little elevation. After about 1/3mi along this, I found the other yellow trail I should’ve taken down low that aimed more directly for the summit. I turned right onto it and followed it, rather steeply at times, for 1/3mi S/SE to another clearing/science experiment. A short whack of a few hundred feet maybe to the true highpoint from there. I spent a good deal of time looking for the canister. I’d been on the right bump but failed to see it.

I continued back down to the trail jct of the contouring yellow path and the yellow path that’s most direct and continued down the direct one. Moderate grades. Overall, trails aren’t hard at all to follow if you’re an experienced hiker but the trail jcts can be hard to see. The hike was about 3.5mi with 1200ft of gain and it took me 2hrs to complete with a long break at the top. 33 more days and 50 more peaks to go…  
Name: Liam Cooney 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2022-09-29 
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