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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Baldpate Mountain - West Peak (attempt), ME
Trails
Trails: Appalachian Trail, Table Rock Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, February 11, 2017
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Parking lot plowed and very nice. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow - Drifts 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Everything was covered and frozen with a couple of very small exceptions. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: We only got so far as we lost the trail, about 2/10 of a mile from Baldpate Lean-to. We turned around and hiked out. We had planned to spend the night in the Baldpate Lean-to, but could not find the trail markers. This has happened twice before in this same spot. More markers would be very helpful, especially for winter hiking. We have made it passed this spot several times, but it is difficult as the markers are covered in snow.  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: No dogs 
Bugs
Bugs: Luckily, the bugs were all very frozen. :) 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: We just lost the trail. 
 
Comments
Comments: Table Rock to Baldpate Lean-to from Rt #26

The trail had been broken though filled in on our way up to the Table Rock turn, then unbroken heading to the West Peak until we stopped. This is a difficult hike in the winter due to the snow being blown onto the trees, it covers the white markers. Possibly a brighter paint or ribbons to follow in the winter would help. There is a lot of snow, deep.....my poles went completely up to my hands when I tested off the trail. This was Isaac's (12 yr old, and a fine hiker!) first weekend winter hike and we were bummed to have to turn around.  
Name
Name: Bois gang with Isaac 
E-Mail
E-Mail: thelonehiker207@gmail.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2017-02-12 
Link
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