|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Sugarloaf (Benton), NH|
|Date of Hike:
||Tuesday, January 8, 2019|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Access the trail from a green gate. NOT the one that has an American flag in front of it - go another half mile down Page Rd. It's possible to bushwhack from the other green gate, but private property I believe (whooops) |
||Snow - Trace/Minimal Depth, Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular |
|Water Crossing Notes:
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||very well blazed, once you find it ;) |
||hard no, I think |
|Lost and Found:
||my pride after the rope ladder ||
||Guys, this trail in winter is absolutely EPIC. and a little terrifying. I wouldn't actually fully recommend doing it in these conditions for safety reasons, but if you do - know that you may want to take your crampons on and off. A lot of the rock climbs and rope ladder/regular ladder climbing was made REAL difficult by the slipperiness of the bare rock, which is so vertical that there isn't any snow on it really.|
Wouldn't recommend bringing snowshoes. They helped a little bit with the first half of the trail, but once getting to the point of no return, having to lug them on my back wasn't really worth it. Went the entire way down with crampons only and liked that better.
Lots of exposed views at the top. Couldn't see them today in the fog, of course, but great reward and a real fun, technical hike, for a measly 2,609 ft and 2 miles. Give yourself enough sunlight to get it done, it will take longer than you think~!!
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.