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    Spring Flooding - happening now

    Looking at the various stream flow gauges, it looks like most of rivers are nearing or above flood stage. With the warm weather, the snow pack is melting quick. Still plenty left but this is going to make a dent. I can only hope folks have enough common sense to stay out of the woods.

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    i'm guessing that places like gale river are pretty dicey now.

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    I'm eating pizza in Twin Mountain. Spending Easter visiting waterfalls. Tuckermans had alot of bare spots. Snow is melting pretty quickly.

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    Any reports of road damage or wash outs? Lot of the videos on Facebook showed some pretty intense river flow. Hopefully it is an "orderly" melt and we don't get a bunch of road damage to impact the season. I've seen a lot of footage of heavy road damage in parts of VT but didn't see anything from NH.
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    While driving around today I didnt see any signs of unusual record river flows. It usually takes a heavy rain event and this one wasnt that heavy. The ground is still frozen underneath but I expect this weeks forecast will help things dry out.

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    A friend of mine reported that the Bearcamp jumped its banks by 16 and flooded out the construction site/equipment being used for the bridge work there.
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    The Basin and walkways and bridge were all submerged. Video footage was crazy. It looked like it was reclaiming the land.

    I was at Huntington Gorge in VT on the weekend. The flow was the highest I've ever seen Saturday.
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    Quote Originally Posted by peakbagger View Post
    I can only hope folks have enough common sense to stay out of the woods.
    If you plan carefully, and avoid routes with stream crossings, you can still have a safe hike. I'm not a White Mountain expert but there must be some trails that have minimal or no water crossings.
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    Generally in spring run off conditions in the whites, there are all sort of drainages that are ephemeral, not necessarily marked on maps and only appear during spring run off/flooding conditions. The other sad fact is many of the trails become drainages due to general poor design and lack of waterbars. Hiking up a trail that is effectively a streambed gets the hikers feet wet and also compounds the damage to the trail as most folks will tend to skirt the water and chew up the sides. Yes there are some popular spring time trails that have been hardened with bridges to make them safe but the vast majority are not. Far better to either stick to known spring favorites like South Moat, Kearsage North and Welch Dickey for a couple of weeks or head out off trail to minimize the damage.

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    Looks like USGS is releasing a new view for their water gauges (others might have noticed this as the announcement was made in February).

    The link to the new view starts with https://waterdata.usgs.gov/monitoring-location/, followed by the site number. For example, the Bearcamp in S. Tamworth is 01064801, so the URL is: https://waterdata.usgs.gov/monitoring-location/01064801.

    There is a neat feature that lets you overlay last year's data.
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    Mountains with potentially gnarly stream crossings:
    Carrigain
    Hancocks
    Tripyramids (Pine Bend Brook Trail)
    Wildcats and Carter (19 Mile Brook Trail)
    Owlshead
    Isolation (Rocky Branch Trail)
    Tecumseh
    Madison (Valley Way)
    Monroe (Ammonusuc (sp?) Trail)
    Tom-Field-Wiley
    Bonds
    Twins

    What else?


    Brian

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    Quote Originally Posted by B the Hiker View Post
    Mountains with potentially gnarly stream crossings:
    Carrigain
    Hancocks
    Tripyramids (Pine Bend Brook Trail)
    Wildcats and Carter (19 Mile Brook Trail)
    Owls Head
    Isolation (Rocky Branch Trail)
    Tecumseh
    Madison (Valley Way)
    Monroe (Ammonusuc (sp?) Trail)
    Tom-Field-Wiley
    Bonds
    Twins

    What else?


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    Zealand (Whitewall Brook)
    Garfield (although the worst crossing is avoidable, you need extra knowledge ahead of time)
    Galehead (Gale River)
    East Osceola (South Fork Hancock Brook)
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    Quote Originally Posted by B the Hiker View Post
    Mountains with potentially gnarly stream crossings:
    Carrigain
    Hancocks
    Tripyramids (Pine Bend Brook Trail)
    Wildcats and Carter (19 Mile Brook Trail)
    Owlshead
    Isolation (Rocky Branch Trail)
    Tecumseh
    Madison (Valley Way)
    Monroe (Ammonusuc (sp?) Trail)
    Tom-Field-Wiley
    Bonds
    Twins

    What else?


    Brian
    A girl I know was turned back climbing Jackson at Silver brook, ( feeds into Silver Cascade), I saw a picture, it was cooking!! The route up North Twin should be impossible right now.

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