|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Stoddard Rocks, Carter Hill, NH|
||Unnamed trails, woods roads, bushwhacks|
|Date of Hike:
||Thursday, November 24, 2022|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||At SPNHF's Pickerel Cove Reservation on Shedd Hill Rd. in Stoddard. |
||Dry Trail, Snow - Trace/Minimal Depth, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular |
|Water Crossing Notes:
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||The maintained woods roads/trails are in pretty good shape. A few blowdowns scattered about. The route to Stoddard Rocks is signed at all junctions *except* for the section of the loop over the summit. A couple of signs where this section turns toward the top would be helpful. |
|Lost and Found:
||This was a long loop through the backwoods of Stoddard, always an enjoyable area.|
I followed the standard blazed route to Pioneer Lake and then up and over Stoddard Rocks (formerly Chapman's Hill) which was easy and straightforward.
From there I followed a very vague woods road north that was essentially a bushwhack. I eventually ran into a trail that is still fairly well blazed in yellow but appears to be abandoned. This brought me up through SPNHF's Williams Family Forest and to the woods road that runs northwest of Carter Hill. A couple of old camps are at the top of this road where it meets the old road that runs over Carter Hill, which I followed to the top. Near the height-of-land, I did a short bushwhack to the true summit, which is recognized.
The road over Carter Hill took me down to a snowmobile trail junction east of Pioneer Lake. From that junction I bushwhacked pretty much directly west to the abandoned road that runs around the lake, followed it down to the dam, and then walked the Stoddard Rocks route out.
Super quiet out here as expected; only saw a couple other folks walking their dogs. Conditions were a mix of bare ground and thin crunchy snow. No ice encountered and nothing that required traction.
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.