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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Gunstock Mountain, NH
Trails
Trails: Ledges-Iron Mine Trail, Ridge Trail, ski trails, Marge's Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Thursday, November 24, 2022
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Parking lot off Belknap Mountain Road with room for a few vehicles. Steep entrance may be an issue with snow/ice. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Ice - Black, Snow - Trace/Minimal Depth, Ice - Blue, Ice - Breakable Crust 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: None 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Stepover blowdown on Marge's just above the split. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs
Bugs:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: Trails are blazed and there is now a kiosk at the bottom, but there are no still trail signs at the junctions.

Ledges-Iron Mine Trail was fairly tame/barebootable up to the ledge viewpoint. Above there, either trail would probably be a good candidate for old Microspikes, though I was able to bareboot with care. Generally an inch of packed snow, with a short section of blue ice crossing Marge's Trail at the ledges.

Ridge Trail had some ice above the Winter Shortcut. Significant blue ice at the top of the staircase/side of the ski trail from what looks to have been an issue with snowmaking - blue ice going in most directions from the summit, though covered thereafter by piles of manmade snow.

Descended the Flintlock ski trail briefly (initially snowmaking piles and the aforementioned ice, but then just natural). The natural crust below the manmade snow was inconsistent - sometimes breakable, other times firm enough that you'd briefly slide.

Partly sunny afternoon, though clouds were building in advance of the next weather system.  
Name
Name: rocket21 
E-Mail
E-Mail: rocket21@franklinwebpublishing.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2022-11-24 
Link
Link: https://www.franklinsites.com/hikephotos/ 
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