|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Sandwich Dome, Jennings Peak, Noon Peak, NH|
||Drake's Brook Trail, Sandwich Mountain Trail, Jennings Peak Spur|
|Date of Hike:
||Sunday, April 29, 2012|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Small lot off of Rt. 49, likely an issue size-wise once it gets busy. |
||Dry Trail, Ice - Black, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Snow - Trace/Minimal Depth |
||Light Traction |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||Main crossing on Drake's Brook was done via rock-hop about 30' upstream of trail, rocks there still 2" below surface in places.
Lower crossing on Sandwich Mtn. Trail was done about 100 yards upstream with minimal boot-wetting. Herd paths all around made for an easy detour. |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||Drake's Brook Trail in very good shape overall. One major washout from Irene, couple very old blowdowns were easy step-overs. Sandwich Mtn. Trail in rougher shape, needs some brushing and there are a bunch of blowdowns, though most are reasonable step-overs. One PITA blowdown at start of Jennings Peak Spur is an in-betweener (too high to step over, a pain to duck under). Some mud on both trails, only one significant spot on Drake's Brook, was filled with 2-3" tree limbs making for easy navigation. |
||Not a ton of water higher up, but plenty down low with the crossings. |
||None seen/found - cold and windy today |
|Lost and Found:
||Barebooted the whole day. Went up Drake's Brook to the summit, hit Jennings Peak on way down, took Sandwich Mtn. Trail back to car. Drake's Brook was basically ice-and-snow free, just a little snow (barely a dusting) left over in the shadows amongst the switchbacks. Some ice here and there on the steeps on Sandwich Mtn. Trail until below Noon Peak where the trail quickly dried out. Easily avoided the few troublesome patches with a little careful though. The 2 stream crossings were the only real hazard of note today.|
Clear, cool, and windy up top; nice on Jenning's Peak ledges as the wind was blocked. Only saw one person (about 0.5 miles from main summit) until on descent near Jenning's Peak, saw quite a few heading up as I descended. Guess my late start wasn't as late as everyone else! Great views of Sandwich region and Waterville Valley, Washington, the Pemi, and even Moosilaukee and Kinsmans from Sandwich Dome itself. Great day out.
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.