Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Sandwich Dome, Jennings Peak, NH
Trails: Flat Mountain Pond Trail, Bennett Street Trail, Sandwich Mountain Trail, Jennings Peak Spur
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, September 17, 2023
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: At the Bennett Street trailhead in Sandwich. The final unmaintained section of Bennett St. is a little rough but fine for any vehicle with common sense driving. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: No issues. Right now there is plenty of water shedding from the mountain for both humans and dogs. Even the drainages above 3,000 ft. are flowing well. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Flat Mountain Pond Trail has several large birches down. Fortunately, nearly all of them are easy stepovers. The stone water bars on this trail are full of debris and don't look like they have been touched in a while. Sandwich Mountain Trail has a waist-high blowdown between the Sandwich summit and the Jennings spur. Blazing on Bennett Street Trail outside the wilderness boundary is old and faded. Inside the boundary, lots of old blazes are still visible. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs: None! Huzzah! 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: How to hike Jennings Peak the long way: Start at the Bennett St. trailhead almost six miles away. :D

The plan was to revisit Bennett St. Trail to Sandwich Dome, as it's been several years since I was last on it. I was thinking I'd just go to Sandwich then head back. But it was such a beautiful day, I was feeling good, and I was making good time, so I continued on to Jennings. What's an extra 1.3 mi. each way, right?

All of these trails were mainly dry except for the railroad grade section of Flat Mountain Pond Trail, which was muddy. I used this for part of the return trip. It was longer but the gentle/flat grades were knee-friendly. I was expecting Bennett Street Trail is be more primitive inside the wilderness boundary but it was in excellent shape and the corridor was as clear as can be.

I'd read some previous mentions of the view on Sandwich being recleared by parties unknown, but it looked the same to me. Trees have been cut but none of the cuts are new or even very recent.

As expected, I ran into other hikers around the summits but saw no one in either direction on Bennett Street Trail. Definitely the quiet way to Sandwich and the long way to Jennings!  
Name: KenM 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2023-09-17 
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