Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Morgan, Mt. Percival, Mt. Squam (attempt), West Rattlesnake, NH
Trails: Mt. Morgan Trail, Crawford-Ridgepole Trail, Old Bridle Path
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Monday, January 15, 2024
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Plenty of parking on both the Morgan side and the Rattlesnake side.  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: N/A 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: One duckunder on Morgan, and one on OBP. No issues with the current snowpack levels.  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: The ones we saw today looked very content.  
Bugs: N/A 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: A random glove or hat is at the kiosk on the Rattlesnake side.  
Comments: Last minute audible to these peaks this morning after 93 north turned into a legit sheet of ice after exit 24. No idea what happened, but didn’t want to chance driving 30 more miles north on that crap.

Mount Morgan Trail to the ladders was narrow and firm. Spikes were fine here, as there was only 1-2” of powder on top of the hard pack. Probably too narrow for snowshoes to be useful.

Between Morgan and Percival was rough. Postholio made his appearance before the freeze, so it’s in pretty rough shape until the next snowfall. I think snowshoes would actually be detrimental at this point, due to the ankle turning probability.

We explored the idea of going to Squam (following a single set of snowshoe tracks), but less than .1 miles in that direction, that person had started sinking through the crust. Having left our snowshoes in the car, and not wanting to struggle and make the track worse, we headed back to Percival.

Only then, when we got back to the summit, did we realize the Percival section of the loop was completely unbroken. Not wanting to play The Great Postholio while breaking that out, we retraced our steps back to Morgan and down.

Hopped over the road and scooted up West Rattlesnake. OBP is rock solid, and can be done in bare boots or spikes.
Name: Chef 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2024-01-15 
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