Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks None, NH
Trails: Downes Brook Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Tuesday, June 4, 2024
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: At the Downes Brook Trail/UNH Trail/Mt. Potash Trail parking area off the Kanc. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: The first crossing of Downes Brook seems to always require some planning, even when water levels are relatively low. The other three crossings in this section have more rocks to work with. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: National Trails Day (June 1) was a few days late for me this year but I'm happy to report that the lower 1.4 mi. of Downes Brook Trail from the trailhead to the wilderness boundary is all set for the season. Six blowdowns removed and all drainages cleaned (this trail has no blazing to deal with). Signage is in good shape. The wilderness boundary sign was a bit wobbly so I stabilized the base with some rocks. Brushed in a couple herd paths and removed the fire ring near the second brook crossing. Again. I removed it last year too. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs: All the bugs were ... abundant. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: A lovely day along a lovely trail, following the brook the entire way. This trail doesn't see tons of traffic (I didn't see anyone today) but the lower portion is ready to go when you are.  
Name: KenM 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2024-06-04 
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