Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Victor Head, South Percy Peak, North Percy Peak, NH
Trails: Old Summer Club, Victor Head Trail, Jimmy Cole Brook Road, unnamed trail, Percy Peaks Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, July 28, 2012
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Room for 5 cars in the first lot, and more in the next, but they also serve those using boats or the beach on Christine Lake. The last section of road is nearly all paved but a bit rough. I again relied on the AMC Guide to find the roads. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Rock hops. Relatively new bridge over Rowell's Brook on the Bald Mtn Trail. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Lower part of Old Summer Club and the Unnamed trail that runs between in and Bald Mtn Tr have no signs or blazes, but the footbeds are obvious. I used the AMC Guide directions to get up Old Logging, and the map to find and get down the Unnamed. The Cohos Trail sections are yellow blazed with some small CT wood signs. There is a trail sign for Victor Head and Percy Peaks, on Jimmy Cole Brook a bit east if Old Summer Club & Bald Mtn Tr. There is no trail sign for the south Percy Peak spur but the path is fairly obvious. The trails themselves are in decent to great shape, with a bunch of blowdowns recently removed by chain saw. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Easy trails for Pepper with some good sippin n dippin brooks, but he could have used more. It was warm and muggy, and so he needed shade on Percy Peaks and water. Although the main peak is sharp crystal rock, the rest of the trails are easy on the paws. There weren't enough insolent rodents for his tastes either. There was plenty of moose droppings and a bit of bear scat, but we didn't see either. 
Bugs: Some skeeters when I was looking at the guide book or maps, but once we started really hiking there were no problems. None on top. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: This is a very nice hike; it would be a very popular hike if it was closer to the notches. The lower trails have a great footpath, the upper are a tad brushy and rocky/rooty in places but still easy to follow, and the peaks are open with great views. Victor Head is worth the short hike up and down. But it helps to have the Guide to be sure to find the trails down low. I still don't know why the map shows an Unnamed trail that isn't discussed in the Guide (28th Ed.) or signed but it is as good as Old Summer Club and makes for a nice loop. There is a very old sign on it near a house part way up, that has mostly unreadable text although I made out Percy Peaks on it. We saw only one couple that had come up Percy Peaks and were picking blueberries on the main peak. I wanted to be out by 2 to avoid the rain, and we made it. Sprinkles started minutes later but we drove through downpours in Franconia Notch - I'll bet many got soaked.  
Name: Pepper and Me 
E-Mail: windriversjohn at gmail dot com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2012-07-28 
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