Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Big Ball Mountain, Black Snoot, Mt. Shaw, NH
Trails: Mt. Shaw Trail, Tate Mountain Trail, Banana Trail, Black Snout Trail, High Ridge Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, May 19, 2024
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Empty lot at 8am. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: The one notable crossing of Fields Brook (just above nice cascade) was rock-hoppable, or step on bed couple inches below surface. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: 2 blowdowns with diameters >12" to throw a leg over. The one on High Ridge Trail between Black Snout and Shaw had branches sawn off and the one between Big Ball and Black Snout was well worn over, likely by moose. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs: It was a breezy damp morning so only a few mosquitos. By the early afternoon (humid near 70) the black flies (not biting yet) were making appearance at the TH. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Superb conditions counterclockwise loop, if you consider a refreshing cool breeze in the fog above 2K with no views superb (I'll take it for the no bugs and very few people!!). Trail very clear up to Big Ball but the understory and grass starting to grow in though between Big Ball and Black Snout (until more folks start trodding it down). Our party of 6 saw one other hiker on this section.  
Name: Mudskipper 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2024-05-20 
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