|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Gunstock Mountain, NH|
||Ledges-Iron Mine Trail, Ridge Trail, ski trails, Marge's Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Thursday, November 24, 2022|
|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. |
||Dry Trail, Ice - Black, Snow - Trace/Minimal Depth, Ice - Blue, Ice - Breakable Crust |
||Light Traction |
|Water Crossing Notes:
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||Stepover blowdown on Marge's just above the split. |
|Lost and Found:
||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.
Disclaimer: Reports are not verified - conditions may vary. Use at own risk. Always be prepared when hiking. Observe all signs. Trail conditions reports are not substitutes for weather reports or common sense.