Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks None, NH
Trails: Downes Brook Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Wednesday, May 24, 2023
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: The access road had a partial washout during those 5 days of rain a few weeks back. There are now some very deep potholes in that spot. Drive slowly!! 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Oh my starty stars, the water crossings. I lost count. They were just barely crossable for me, noting that I fully dunked one foot at the 4th (or 5th, I lost count) crossing. I don’t think that any would necessarily be dangerous to wade but a person would need to be committed to getting wet to mid thigh, on at least two of them.  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Before the wilderness boundary are some stepover blowdowns. Most are amenable to a hand saw. After the Wilderness boundary there are more than a half dozen stepovers large enough to need a chainsaw with two of them really blocking the trail quite a lot. There is a washout section during which the trail is very hard to follow. I crossed and realized that the trail didn’t cross there. I was reluctant to cross back and noted sneaker prints where I was - someone else had recently made the same error. I know that in the wilderness we use minimal markings but given how difficult the water crossings are perhaps a giant pile of limbs to block future hikers from crossing at that spot. I can assure you that there are many limbs willing to do that job!!  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: None today - I didn’t see anyone at all.  
Bugs: Yup. :( 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: There are still some various items at the kiosk (same items that I saw there last week).  
Comments: I hiked 4.5 miles of this 5+ mile trail. I turned back when the sky went dark and the rain started in earnest. This occurred at 830am, many hours before the forecast. But no worries, on the way back I meandered, because of course the rain stopped after a short time, and therefore I had extra time to appreciate the FOUR bucket artifacts that I saw. FOUR buckets! On one hike! Lucky me!!
I thought that was great but then there were the painted trillium! Everywhere!!

It’s a terrific trail and I am looking forward to going back to see the last bit of this great trail!!  
Name: Bikecamphikegirl 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2023-05-24 
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