Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks None, NH
Trails: Shannon Brook Trail, Oak Ridge Trail, Lower Bridle Path, Faraway Mountain Trail, High Ridge Trail, Oak Ridge Cutoff, Upper Bridle Path, Settlement Trail, Brook Walk
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Monday, November 20, 2023
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: No issues 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Leaves - Significant/Slippery 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: No issues; all bridged 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: A couple stepovers, one on Lower Bridle Path, one on High Ridge, but generally good shape. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: I decided to explore several trails at Castle in the Clouds I haven’t been on before after reading yesterday’s reports of icy conditions on the trails at higher elevations and further north. I encountered no snow or ice on these trails. The trails listed are slightly abbreviated since I didn’t list some very short segments I used to connect the listed trails, but to clarify, I took the Faraway Mountain trail to the Faraway Connector to get to the Settlement trail. It was a beautiful day and I had the trails all to myself. View from the Oak Ridge lookout was panoramic and the sign identifying all the visible peaks was a great addition to the trail. The lookouts on Upper and Lower Bridle Path are more limited. Views of the Lake through the trees could be had almost anywhere, too. Upper Bridle Path seems to get little traffic and deep piles of leaves on the moss covered rocks proved very slippery, but the other trails were all easy going. While I didn’t summit any mountains, this tour still proved to be a good workout with around 2700 feet of climbing.  
Name: Jay Baxter  
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2023-11-20 
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