Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks East Huntington, South Huntington, Mt. Huntington, NH
Trails: Bushwhack, Hancock Notch Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, May 19, 2024
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Parked at the Hancock TH, plenty of space in the morning and spots available when I got back 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Mud - Significant, Snow/Ice - Postholes, Slush, Snow/Ice - Small Patches 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes:  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes:  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs: None!! 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: It was a cold and WET day for bushwhacking these peaks! Based on previous reports it seemed like heading straight for East peak could be thick, so I opted to try a different route and headed to the col between East and South, then turned east to hit the peak. The woods were reasonable, never terribly thick, lots of 3-4' spruce with nothing pokey, allowing for slow, but steady progress. However, there's a major caveat, those short spruce trees can hold a lot of moisture in their needles and given the rain yesterday I was soaked in short order. From East peak I headed straight at South Peak with more of the same moderately thick, soaking wet spruces. Rather than aim for the ridges to the north/south as others have mentioned, I picked my way up the scrambly section, trending right and hit the summit cone just north of the recognized high point. From South peak to Huntington was more of the same moderately thick spruce, with the added pleasure of knee to thigh deep snow that I regularly postholed into. I had planned on 'whacking to West Peak, but my jaw muscles were getting tired from all the shivering and I bailed north off the peak to Hancock Notch trail where I promptly swapped out for dry layers and an extra jacket! A tough bushwhack, but nothing terribly thick or difficult - however, if you're planning this one, consider the weather. Looks like I'll be back for West peak!  
Name: Ben 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2024-05-19 
Link: https:// 
Bookmark and Share 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.

Copyright 2009-2024, All Rights Reserved