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Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
The ridge after sunrise
Route: Piper Mountain Trail, green blazed trail, (Piper Mountain), green blazed trail, Old Piper Trail, White Trail, Carriage Road
Piper Mountain Trail was a mixture of frozen granular and some significant blue ice bulges. I was able to bareboot uphill with care, but would have put on Microspikes (and still would have had to been extra careful) had I descended this route. Also some blue ice patches on the ridge, but generally in flat areas.
Old Piper Trail and White Trail also had some blue ice bulges, but I was able to bareboot down with care. Some may prefer Microspikes.
Carriage Road was frozen granular packed down by snowmobiles. Barebootable.
Overall, snowpack was probably 2-6" with a frozen granular breakable crust. Trails had some frozen postholes, etc. from the weekend thaw/rain. Probably a little bony for snowshoes on the main trails, but adequate snowcover for them if preferred.
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Lake Winnipesaukee as seen before sunrise on Piper Mountain
The sunrise from near the summit of Piper Mountain
Directions to trailhead: From Route 11A East (from Route 3), take a right on Hoyt Road. Continue down this road as it becomes Belknap Mountain Road. Look for Carriage Road on your left. There is a small parking lot just before the gate. Trailhead is down the road a bit, on the right after a small bridge.
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