Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Pawtuckaway -- North Peak, NH
Trails: Boulder Trail, North Mountain Trail, North Mountain Bypass, Chase Trail, Round Pond Road, Boulder Cutoff
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Monday, June 10, 2024
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Note that you can only drive in about a 1/4mi on Round Pond Rd to access Boulder Trail so it makes more sense to come in the west side and drive in Reservation Rd and Round Pond Rd though this is much longer and the roads much rougher. Mid-clearance should be fine. Low clearance might be iffy. I had a friend with a truck stop early and walk the rest of the way not because his truck would’ve bottomed out but because he thought it would get scratched. I don’t recall exactly at what point the roads went from regular dirt to rough dirt, but I think it was at the start of Round Pond Rd. Reservation Rd was fine I believe.  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Mud - Significant 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: All easily rock hopable 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: I don’t recall significant blowdowns, probably just some stepovers. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Dogs are allowed on hiking trails only in Pawtuckaway State Park and must be leashed.  
Bugs: I think the biting bugs weren’t too bad but we still used bug spray and the bigger issue was the little ones that fly around your face in swarms.  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: None  
Comments: Boulder Cutoff is blazed in white and I think most or all the other trails were blazed in white as well. I don’t recall them being hard to follow but note that there are some unsigned and sometimes unmarked herd paths that diverge from the main trail such as the loop coming off the south side of the ridge of North Mtn, and the unofficial red blazed trail east of the summit of North Pawtuckaway.

The first of two final hikes to finish redlining Pawtuckaway for SNH redlining. This was a nice little evening redline with a friend. Our route: Boulder Trail (from eastern end) —> OAB on westernmost 0.2mi of Boulder Trail —> North Mtn Trail with requisite redlining spurs and loop shown on Gaia on SW end of ridge —> North Mtn Bypass Trail —> OAB on Chase Trail —> North Mtn Bypass Trail —> Round Pond Rd —> unknown road (just west of Round Pond, shortcut between long turn in Round Pond Rd) —> Round Pond Rd back to car —> Boulder Trail, Boulder Cutoff loop back to car.

The boulders and cliffs were quite impressive and my friend was very surprised you could find hiking/terrain like this inbetween Portsmouth and Manchester. Some steep and minorly rough sections but nothing too bad. Chase Trail was overgrown and could be a great place to pick up a tick though we didn’t seem to get any. I think the trails were mostly dry with a few requisite mud pits. Gaia had us at (very) roughly 6.5mi, 800ft I’d gain, 2hr40min.  
Name: Liam Cooney  
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2024-06-15 
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