Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Scar Ridge - West Peak, NH
Trails: Bushwhack
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Friday, December 22, 2023
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Parked at Discovery Parking lot 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Snow - Trace/Minimal Depth, Wet Trail, Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow/Ice - Small Patches 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Pemigewasset River - Crossed with gauge in Lincoln at 760 cubic feet per second, gage height above 5. I would not want to cross at a higher level, water moving fast. Unless you could find a better spot. Used contractor bags with microspikes. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes:  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: None seen! 
Bugs: None felt! 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: Found 3/8 5 inch bolt by canister, bent, took home to recycle! 
Comments: Started in parking lot and headed back towards Lincoln on RT 112. Go just past the sign for Big Rock on left for 30 yards and path goes in towards river. We brought contractor bags and found a desirable spot to cross. There were 4 of us, three got wet with the bags and wrung out their socks on the other side. Water was moving and high in spots. Unless you are a strong hiker this is not advisable at any level unless you have a large group to assist with crossing at this level. Took a 240 degree bearing and continued until we found the ridge, be sure to continue up hill and look for high spots. There is a mini knife edge up there if you follow our route on top of ridge. Continued to what appeared like the top and continued straight and a little to the right which rolls slightly, don't go down anything significant. Continue on bearing for about a 1/4 mile, you will see a slight clearing on your left, continue towards this clearing and canister is on the right side of clearing, orange colored! There was snow near the top so it was nice to finish with some snow, one person put on spikes! Even had a minor post hole! Retrace steps with a 60 degree bearing. Now with all that compass talk you could just follow a GPS track, both will work! But always carry a compass and know your surrounding area. Got back down to river and crossed, some with no bags and I used bags but this time I got water in my boots, holes from previous crossing, microspikes must have made holes when I put them on over the bags! Also I would recommend safety glasses or goggles for this bushwack, pretty thick up top!  
Name: Brian Z 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2023-12-25 
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