Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Sandwich Dome, NH
Trails: Flat Mountain Pond Trail, Guinea Pond Trail, Black Mountain Pond Trail, Algonquin Trail, Bennett Street Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Wednesday, November 23, 2022
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Bennett Street lot has trace snow. Was the only car on arrival and 1 of 2 when leaving. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Ice - Black, Snow - Trace/Minimal Depth, Wet Trail, Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Ice - Breakable Crust, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: All rock hoppable. A couple on Guinea Pond require some concentration to avoid wet feet. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Few blowdowns on Guinea Pond. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Did this loop clockwise. Was able to bare boot most of the way to Sandwich Dome. Snow was only a couple inches deep and packed/ crusty/grippy. Very careful foot placement got me past the first set of ledges above Black Mountain Pond as much of the rock was still exposed, but spikes are absolutely required to ascend the 2nd scramble, as it was completely ice covered. From there, spikes helped in a couple spots, but only a few short sections. Once to the Algonquin junction they came off and stayed off until about 3500’. Most of the rock is exposed in this section or only dusted with snow. Higher elevations had 6” of snow tops. Not enough to warrant snowshoes yet. Summit was boxed in by 2pm unfortunately. Spikes made for secure footing and a fast descent. They stayed on until I got to Pond Brook. Started at 8:30 and finished just as the sun was setting and had the trails all to myself - did not see a single other person the whole day. A perfect day of early winter solitude.  
Name: JCB 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2022-11-23 
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