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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Blueberry Mountain, ME
Trails
Trails: Stone House Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, February 4, 2017
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Route 113 has numerous frost heaves and bumps so it is wise to drive a little slower. Parking for trail is off Stone House Road about 1.5 miles past Baldface Circle trail parking (right turn). Cross bridge and turn right at intersection onto road used as snowmobile trail - drive .1 mile to an area where 2 snowmobile trails continue on and the road to stone house goes straight ahead after a slight turn (left of the 2 snowmobile trails). You'll see a USFS trail sign (the snowmobile trail serves as a hiking trail over to deer hill) - park in the open area leaving room for the snowmobile traffic; room for about 3-4 cars and head up the road following the telephone poles. You'll need to follow the road 3/4 mile to the summer parking and then .5 miles further to the trailhead proper. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow - Drifts 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Small and all easily crossed 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: One new stepover blowdown at the Spur to the Gorge 1/4 mile in, 2 older stepovers further on 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Dogs welcome if they stay on the trail thought postings against bear dogs. An easy walk for the canines - saw only one out today. 
Bugs
Bugs:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: Evan Notch was the choice to the day. Opted for Blueberry Mountain for the views up top. Road walk to summer trailhead is packed out, past summer trailhead road packed with some windblown snow as you enter the clearing - stay to left to reach trailhead (sign). Lower part of stone house trail was hard packed with a dusting of new snow; a bit chewed up down low as we started up but is now smoothed out. Trail remained hard packed all the way to the top with an inch of new powder on top as one approached the summit. Perfect conditions for snowshoes. Loop trail to the view ledges was completely drifted in - broke out this trail to the first set of ledges on spots of hard packed snow but mostly working through a foot + of snow. Would have been tough without snowshoes but it is now well broken out. For those interested in heading up Blueberry ridge trail there was evidence of a track though it was old and now filled in with new snow - those proceeding further up should plan on snowshoes.  
Name
Name: Brian From Maine 
E-Mail
E-Mail: brobert1@maine.rr.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2017-02-05 
Link
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