Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Surprise, Mt. Moriah, NH
Trails: Carter-Moriah Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Monday, May 20, 2024
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Parked in the lot off Bangor Street in the utility right of way across from the foot bridge over the Peabody River. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Snow/Ice - Small Patches 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: None 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: No obstructions on the trail. There are blowdowns that are high enough above the surface to easily go under and some other tree falls on the ground. I de-limbed a couple of fallen evergreens with branches that extended into the trail. Also cut a couple of small trees extending into the pathway. There is one bog bridge submerged in the mud in the section with many bog bridges. Small sticks are in the section vacated by the sunk bridge. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Fine for dogs as long as they have no problem with ledges. 
Bugs: Black fly were out. Got one bite on the hand. Used the insect netting over the hat for the first time. It worked wonderfully. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: No snow or ice until after passing Quimby's Pillow (3.6 miles from the trailhead). The ledges were mostly dry making for good traction. The snow/ice in the upper portion of the trail is intermittent. The snow/ice at times would break underfoot and occasionally had running water beneath. Most hikers did not wear traction. You may wish to carry microspikes in case you feel the need to use them. The snow/ice won't last much longer as it was hot today. The summit ledge was free of snow & ice. Water was running down the trail in the final ascent approach.
Many wildflowers today; hobblebush, red trillium, painted trillium, spring beauties, and shadbush. Saw bluebead lily and rose twisted stalk plants without any flowers.
Great views from both the summit and from the ledges.
A good number of hikers out today including a contingent that traversed the Carters and Moriah.  
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2024-05-20 
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