|Hiking Trail Conditions Report
|North Tripyramid, Middle Tripyramid, NH
|Pine Bend Brook Trail, Mt. Tripyramid Trail
|Date of Hike:
|Sunday, February 11, 2024
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
|There's not a lot of space between the snowbank and the traffic lane on Kancamagus Highway, but enough to park. It was a little better on the other side of the highway. Just be careful when getting out of your car and when crossing the highway. Also, the shoulder of the highway on both sides is icy.
|Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Wet/Sticky, Snow/Ice - Postholes
|Snowshoes, Light Traction
|Water Crossing Notes:
|Many small unbridged crossings, all easy, though one has to step on rocks. We were in snowshoes (as one should be), and it would have been too tedious to remove them every time we came to a little stream, so we walked a few steps with snowshoes on the rocks.
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
|A duck-under blowdown on Pine Bend Brook Trail before entering the ravine, and a few more duck-under blowdowns between North and Middle Tripyramid, one of which has a branch from above aimed at head level in the trail.
|OK for dogs; some sections are very steep, however.
|Lost and Found:
|On Pine Bend Brook Trail, partway up the steep section in the ravine, but before the left turn up the ravine wall, there was a blue glove (or was it a mitten?) on the ground in the morning, and when we came back down in the afternoon it was hanging on a tree (probably still there).
|The whole route is a snowshoe track, but it has postholes everywhere, not just on the edges, but also in the track itself. The track was pretty hard in the morning and at higher elevations, but soft in the afternoon at lower elevations. It will take many more snowshoes on the trail on warmer days to flatten it out, or maybe a new layer of snow. We wore snowshoes the whole way, except that while descending the steepest sections (NE side of the summit area of North Tripyramid, and the ravine wall above 2650 ft. elevation), we used microspikes and/or butt sliding, because it felt awkward and dangerous to use snowshoes on such a steep trail, which was also a little icy in spots - alternatively, crampons and ice axe could perhaps be used there. For _ascending_ those sections, televators on the snowshoes were very useful.
Disclaimer: Reports are not verified - conditions may vary. Use at own risk. Always be prepared when hiking. Observe all signs. Trail conditions reports are not substitutes for weather reports or common sense.