Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Success, NH
Trails: Success Trail, Mahoosuc Trail, herd path
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Friday, September 15, 2023
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Success Pond Road was not a bad as I expected, we opted to take our newer 4-door sedan instead of the older SUV and it was fine, there were potholes and many were filled with gravel, they were mostly avoidable if you drive slowly, it was like 20 mph for 5mi (or bring the SUV/ truck) 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Mud - Significant 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: none 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: trails were decent other than the deep and dangerous mud at the summit bog, see comments, this could be very dangerous if someone was stuck out there alone, temps are dropping and this hiker could have become hypothermic being submerged in the bog 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: none 
Bugs: minor, a few black flies, other flies 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: We met several AT hikers heading for Maine, they come up the Mahoosuc Trail through the summit bog where many bog bridges are submerged in water and deep mud. I was luckily dallying at the summit, taking more pix and naming peaks even though my hands were getting cold, temps maybe in the 50's but wind chills at summit likely in the 40's. Suddenly I heard a hiker in the middle of the bog calling for help. I got to her by navigating around the worst sections, this meant having to step on vegetation that was spongy but somewhat supportive(having just visited the plane crash site I was familiar with some side stepping strategies). She couldn't budge her leg which was submerged above the knee. We worked a bit together but then I suggested taking her pack off and was able to reach the pack and drop it out on the vegetation. I couldn't pull her out, eventually she decided to reach down her own hands into the water where she could feel a board, she used that leverage to work her leg out. She was very cold and just wanted to get out, get over the summit and down below tree line, other than that she stayed calm. Hopefully something can be done for the many AT hikers that will be continuing to cross this area...not sure if they can drop some bog bridges or at least post warnings? Otherwise, this is a beautiful hike, the ledges on the Outlook were my favorite & I continue to enjoy my journey exploring NH trails & peaks.  
Name: Harriett Polymeros 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2023-09-16 
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