|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Old Speck Mountain, ME|
||Old Speck Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Sunday, February 5, 2017|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Well plowed lot with lots of room at the AT crossing. One of the outhouses is somewhat accessible (door doesn't open far but it opens). |
||Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Snow/Ice - Postholes |
|Water Crossing Notes:
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||Leaners scattered throughout, they don't provide much of an impediment to travel. I took a few branches off a multi-limbed blowdown just below the junction with the Mahoosuc Trail, it will need more tending as the snow depth deepens more. The snow depth is quite deep and so we spent lots of time ducking under the normally overhead canopy. |
||Nothing of significant note. |
|Lost and Found:
||Hiked this with a small AMC group. Other than one solo hiker we ran into heading down as we neared the ridge, we had the mountain to ourselves. The other cars in the lot must have been across the street. Conditions are perfect for snowshoes right now, a good base with a couple inches of looser powder on top and hardly any exposed ice. Evidence of some bare booters having a rough day in places, those holes are deep! Use the snowshoes on this one folks, things are not solid enough for anything else right now! Should be a nice track between the existing track and the 7 pairs of snowshoes that went up and down today.|
There was no sign of traffic on the Mahoosuc Trail towards Speck Pond nor on the Grafton Loop Trail other than bathroom trails. Eyebrow Trail looked to be fairly well travelled but not as heavily as the AT. Again, use the snowshoes on it!
Weathermen missed on this one, we had partly cloudy skies and little wind. Gorgeous at the ledge near the Mahoosuc Trail junction and at the summit. The ladder to the tower is icy and the gate up top is frozen in place with lots of rime filling in the handle and upper step. Climb with caution.
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.