Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Moosilauke, NH
Trails: Beaver Brook Trail, Benton Trail, Tunnel Brook Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, April 14, 2024
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes:  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Snow - Trace/Minimal Depth, Wet Trail, Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Wet/Slippery Rock, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable), Mud - Significant, Snow - Spring Snow, Slush 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Tunnel Brook crossing at the Benton trail was a little tricky. No getting across it without getting into the water. We were coming down so we found a slower moving section a little southwest of the trail crossing.  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes:  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Went up Beaver Brook trail yesterday. Didn't see many signs of earlier hikers. We were in microspikes up to about 2500 feet then switched over to snowshoes. Most of the metal and wooden steps were still covered over by snow. Snow held out well with snowshoes and we did not sink in much. After heading out from the shelter we noticed that snow pack got significantly deeper. Most of the trail signs were at our feet so my guess is there is still a lot of snow above 4000 feet. Took a side adventure an an abandoned trail below Mt. Blue to cut off the trail switch backs and popped out by the weather center and re-entered Beaver Brook just below tree line. The whole hike up beaver brook and the bushwhack on the abandoned trail created a car wash effect so we were pretty soaked by the time we hit the summit. Good views, and then headed back down Benton trail. Benton was a car wash as well with deep snow through 4000 feet so we were hitting the wet branches the whole time. Dropping below 4000 and the snow almost disappeared. By the time we got to 3000 feet there was little to no trace of anything on the ground. Heading out Benton we had one tricky water crossing and then out to grab our car spot on Tunnel Brook. If you are thinking about going up Beaver Brook, from my perspective it was no problem, microspikes and snowshoes did the trick for us.

Overall we saw every condition you can get in April hiking - warm weather, cold wind, soaking wet trees, mud, bare rock, water crossings, snow drifts, postholes, and monorails. Welcome to spring in New Hampshire!  
Name: SLASR Podcast 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2024-04-15 
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