|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Sugarloaf Mountain, Spaulding Mountain, ME|
||Ski trails, Sugarloaf Side Trail, Appalachian Trail, Spaulding Side Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Sunday, January 29, 2017|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow - Drifts |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||No noticeable stream crossings |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
|Lost and Found:
||My friends and I hiked up the Sugarloaf Ski trails and one Sugarloaf official recommended we check in with the warming hut ski patrol about our plans to continue on the AT. When we checked in with them they did not care what we were doing.|
We found the spur trail to the AT after summiting Sugarloaf, to the right of the smaller antenna. We did not see blazes for a while but it looked like a trail. Eventually we were rewarded with blue blazes. Following the AT's white blazes was hard but I only slightly got off track twice and continued hiking on what looked like the best trail. Again I was rewarded with white blazes occasionally, even after pushing through small trees. As a warning, I wouldn't say that my group packed out the trail as we were able to stay on top of a crust that was under the fresh snow. If you break through that crust, you will go into a whole of fresh snow that can take you up to your waist. It was snowing most of the day, so our tracks were started to get covered on the way back. Beautiful views from the ridge and back up Sugarloaf when the clouds lifted!
||Sarah K |
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.