|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Crocker Mountain, South Crocker Mountain, Mt. Redington, ME|
||Bushwhack, Caribou Valley Road, Appalachian Trail, bushwhack, logging roads|
|Date of Hike:
||Thursday, December 29, 2016|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Parked at the Sugarloaf Golf Course Clubhouse. Had also parked cars on Rapid Stream Road for a possible exit over Abraham. |
||Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow - Drifts |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||Used the bridge by the Sugarloaf Golf Course pump house to cross the only real river of the day. |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||There were a few minor blowdowns but nothing unexpected for this time of year. |
||Ellie did great. |
|Lost and Found:
||Golf Course Bushwhack, Caribou Valley Road, Appalachian Trail, Redington Bushwhack, and Logging Roads|
Did this one with Monica and the Random Group of Hikers. The original plan was just the Crockers and Redington but with the incoming storm we were trying to maximize the day so if everything went well we would descend Redington and exit over Abraham. Rapid Stream Road is getting plowed and there are new bridges so you don't have to worry about the river crossing getting to the Fire Warden's Trail. We had to park about a 1/2 mile from bridge (section of road plowed wide) since there was no parking spots plowed out.
After breaking out the route from the 11th Hole tee to the 3 mile mark on CVR we were greater by a broken trail to the Crockers. Forgot how steep the upper portion of South Crocker is. We also had to break out the bushwhack to Redington but sadly few will get to reap the benefits since tonight's storm will fill everything in.
We never went to Abraham. As we were coming down from Redington the storm rolled in and we were getting 2-3 inches of fresh snow and we weren't sure what the trail conditions were (didn't see Tom and Jon's report until tonight) so we opted for the devil we knew (snow mobile tracks to our broken out Golf Course route) over the one we didn't (7-8 miles of trail breaking in the biggest winter storm in a few years). We will be back.
||Michael & Monica |
Disclaimer: Reports are not verified - conditions may vary. Use at own risk. Always be prepared when hiking. Observe all signs. Trail conditions reports are not substitutes for weather reports or common sense.