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Trail Conditions

Trip Log


The Fool Killer
Waterville Valley, NH

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
The Sabbaday Brook Trail
The Sabbaday Brook Trail

Route: Sabbaday Brook Trail, bushwhack

We wore snowshoes the whole day. Trail was decently packed out as far as we went (the high hairpin turn/minor crossing) with occasional blue ice patches. Looks like some opted for Microspikes, but we found snowshoes with good traction to be ideal. Snowpack was maybe half a foot.

Water crossings were partially ice bridged, but still with open water and slush. Can't imagine they'll freeze completely in the next day or two considering they're still open.

The loop trail to the falls is marked as closed due to icy steps.

For the bushwhack, we headed sort of straight up the fall line. Snowpack quickly dropped down to maybe an inch or two of powder over ice. Back to half a foot once on the ridge or on the back side of the ridge.

Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Easy
Destination: The Fool Killer
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Very Difficult
Views: Minimal
Crowds: Minimal

Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Saturday, January 25, 2014
Parking Elevation: 1,320'
Destination: The Fool Killer
Time Elapsed: 03:47
Trailhead Elevation: 1,320'
Summit Elevation: 3,548'
Vertical Gain: 2,368'
Hike Time Elapsed: 05:37
Hike Vertical Gain: 2,508'

The Sabbaday Brook Trail trailhead
The Sabbaday Brook Trail trailhead

Sabbaday Falls
Sabbaday Falls

A lack of views from the summit of The Fool Killer - Click to enlarge
A lack of views from the summit of The Fool Killer

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