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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Mt. Chocorua (attempt), NH
Trails
Trails: Carter Ledge Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, April 14, 2019
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Piper trailhead unplowed and inaccessible, at least to a Subaru. Owner of access way will let you park for a few bucks. We opted to park at the White Ledges turnout slightly further north on 16. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Ice - Breakable Crust, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Snow - Wet/Sticky, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Unstable), Leaves - Significant/Slippery, Snow/Ice - Postholes 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Ice Axe 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: All the streams could be crossed by hopping rocks. On the way back we were already so wet from postholing we just walked through the streams. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Shortly before Carter Ledge meets Middle Sister trail, right at the steepest part of the climb, we encountered unpassable blowdown, a jumble of trees, like maybe a slide had taken them together. it didn't even look like trail even more though the GPS said we were right on it and a tree marked with paint shortly before that point. We tried to find a few ways around it but the thigh deep postholing made it impossible. Trail markings are every 20-30 feet up to the first peak on Carter,but then mysteriously disappear. We only encountered one more marker close our turnback point. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs
Bugs:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: Challenging conditions. Seems like nobody had been up that way in a long time. Even in snowshoes we were postholing, going in knee deep and further. Postholing is not quite the right word. It's more like the whole surface was a snow bridge covering a slush pile, and we would periodically break through. Sometimes while standing still the surface supporting both feet would collapse in a mass and we'd go in to our waists. It took 5 hours to go 3 miles and 2000 feet up, another 3 hours to come back the 3 miles.
 
Name
Name: ConorR 
E-Mail
E-Mail: rockfox212@gmail.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2019-04-14 
Link
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