Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Middle Sister, NH
Trails: Champney Falls Trail, Middle Sister Cutoff, Middle Sister Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, November 6, 2011
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Large lot was nearly full today 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Ice - Black, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Snow - Trace/Minimal Depth 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Main crossing at trailhead bridged, two other small crossings easily done on rocks 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: One large blowdown below loop to Champney Falls - stepover, above the falls loop - 3 blowdowns - 1 really large 2.5 feet in diameter you'll need to step on and over, one large stepover, one large that has had its branches trimmed but need to go around - has path developing around 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Saw a few on the trails today - a generally easy hike though some of the icy spots on the switchbacks might present some difficulty. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: A brilliant sunny and warm today on the trails, Lots of people out and terrific views from the top. People split between bare boots and light traction up high. Champney Falls - trail generally dry before the falls loop - one section that is wet and muddy with some ice - low temps will probably freeze. On section between the falls loop trail junctions - there is ice on the rock ledges that can be handled with bare boots but with care. Snow begins above the top junction of the falls loop - traces to complete coverage of less than 1/2 inch a bit below the switchbacks and then up to top. Given the traffic snow was becoming packed and pretty icy. Lots of ice on the ledges on the switchbacks - light traction certainly makes this section much easier to get through. Middle Sister Cutoff - only a few people had been on the trail since last snow - a few inches of unpacked snow at the start - water/ice heading up the ledges - light traction helpful here as well. Middle Sister up to summit was generally dry on the ledges with really no snow on the summit.  
Name: Brian from Maine 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2011-11-06 
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