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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Mt. Abraham, Spaulding Mountain, Sugarloaf Mountain, ME
Trails
Trails: Mt. Abraham Trail, Abraham Side Trail, Appalachian Trail, Spaulding Side Trail, Sugarloaf Side Trail, ski trails
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, February 5, 2017
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes:  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Unpacked Powder 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Everything was covered 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes:  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs
Bugs:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: We met at Sugarloaf and left vehicles in the lower lot. Mark gave us a ride over to the Abraham TH. More about that later

Trail up to Abraham starts off very level and flowing in a nice sugarbush. We put on snowshoes about a mile up and left them on the rest of the day. It kicks up significantly for the last 2 miles and above the treeline you have to be careful to toe in so that you don't come off and go into a slide. We bulled our way through one tree band and then were able to take a gradual route to the top. The skies were a wonderful shade of gray and you could see all the way into Canada.

Coming off Abraham going to the AT yours truly made a few navigational bobbles but we were able to stay primarily on the traveled way. Going over to Spaulding we lost the AT picked up a snowmobile trail, realized it was headed to the pond and corrected to pop out at the shelter. We then got back on the AT and pushed through to the jct at the bottom of Spaulding. I assume it was Mike and Monica's group that had come over from Sugarloaf and we were very happy that they had scrubbed the spruce clean for us for the rest of the day. Real pleasant day with Wayne and Mark and the weather was much better than advertised!

Couple of notes. When Wayne and Mark got back to Abraham TH there was a game warden who was responding to a report of a car blocking the trail, it was not, but in winter the road is a snowmobile trail. Long story short don't park there.

Second on the way over I saw two live deer and one that had just been hit. On the way home I saw close to 15 deer in the road between Stratton and just south of Errol. The snow must be getting high enough that it is pushing them out into the road for a break. Beware!  
Name
Name: 3M (Michief, Mayhem and Mark) 
E-Mail
E-Mail: camosteve955@yahoo.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2017-02-06 
Link
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