Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Vose Spur, NH
Trails: Sawyer River Road, Signal Ridge Trail, Carrigain Notch Trail, bushwhack
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, February 21, 2021
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Lot at the start of Sawyer River Road was plowed out but icy/ a little sloppy.  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow - Drifts 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Water crossing at logging road off triangle by Signal Ridge & Carrigain Notch Trail was crossable on exposed stepping stones.  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: One large blowdown on lower part of Signal Ridge Trail (walk-around) 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Party of 3, Vose Spur. We used skis on the road and on the flatter parts of Signal Ridge and Carrigain Notch Trails--conditions were excellent; barely any effort in skiing out on the road. We dropped skis and put on hiking boots and snowshoes for the bushwhack. Deep snow ~ 3ft, dense, loose powder, tough going. We started out breaking trail to about 1/3 of the way up where we bumped into tracks coming down (according to the summit log, SSW100 group coming down over the Spur from Carrigain--we took a slightly different start route as they took coming down and probably missed them by a few minutes). We were glad to have the tracks for the rest of the way up, but there was still a lot of backsliding. Some sketchy-steep spots on the descent, lots of grabbing onto trees to keep from sliding down uncontrollably. The talus field was almost all covered over, just a few rocks poking out. The SSW100 party mucked up our nice ski trails on the way out with snowshoes (I take it as a wash and am not offended--we were glad to have their tracks up the spur) so we skied out a new route aside the snowshoe tracks. Below the Signal/Notch junction the trail was flat and smooth enough for good skiing right on the trail.  
Name: Barefoot Paul 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2021-02-22 
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