|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||South Hitchcock, Middle Hitchcock, West Hitchcock, NH|
||Discovery Trail, bushwhack|
|Date of Hike:
||Monday, March 20, 2023|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Parked at the Discovery Trail visitor center, lot was plowed |
||Ice - Blue, Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow/Ice - Postholes |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||all hoppable, all off trail anyhow |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||all good |
||One dog walker pulled in as I departed |
|Lost and Found:
||Great day in the hills, finally solid snowpack (off trail) after the recent freeze/thaw cycles. Snow was super supportive down low then 2-3" breakable crust at ~3000-3600'. |
Tight bushwhack through stabby spruce ascending the south ridge up to South Hitchcock, beautiful open conifers over to Middle Hitchcock (high point of the mini-range), got thick and steep descending the western side of Middle to meet up with West Hitchcock. Climbing the West peak was nice and open once again, mixed forest. Found a nice lookout on the South peak and a canister from the 80's with interesting entries.
Trekked through a marvelous stand of yellow birch on the descent and bee-lined straight for the trailhead parking lot.
Discovery Trail looked like a mess of ice from the freeze/thaw with postholes to either side, encouraged me to keep bushwhacking alongside through the beech trees.
I'll include a link below for a more in-depth write up with some color photos thrown in. Enjoy!
||Erik Hamilton |
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.