Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Scaur Peak, The Fool Killer, NH
Trails: Pine Bend Brook Trail, bushwhack
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Thursday, December 21, 2023
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Plenty of parking on the sides of the road. 1 car at 10am on arrival, none but ours on return at 4pm. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Ice - Black, Snow - Trace/Minimal Depth, Wet Trail, Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Wet/Slippery Rock, Ice - Breakable Crust, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Mud - Minor/Avoidable 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: All fairly easy to navigate 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Just above the last major water crossing is a fairly eroded washout section. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: None 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Great day to be out for a couple 100 highest with Cookies on Top who only need the Fool Killer, but was kind enough to lead the way up the short whack to Scaur. Barebooted up Pine Bend to just after the last major water crossing. Mixed bag of ice, dry and wet trail conditions until approximately 3300’ where there is a more consistent hard pack surface, perfect for microspikes. Brought full crampons, but did not need them, however we turned off Pine Bend at 3500’ to whack to the Fool Killer so do not know if they would be needed on the steep sections leading to the North Tri summit. Cookies picked a great line to the Fool Killer and we made short work of it through fairly open woods. We chose to whack down the ridge and drainage to what looks like a snowmobile track on Gaia and hit fairly thick woods for the bulk of it. Back on Pine Bend we took off our spikes with about a mile to go and wished we’d just kept them on to the Kanc.  
Name: Mark S 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2023-12-22 
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