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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Cadillac Mountain, ME
Trails
Trails: Cadillac South Ridge Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, February 18, 2017
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Trailhead opposite entrance to Blackwoods campground - Parking is along side of Rte 3 - just wide enough to park along the road with room for 10 cars, parking also available in area cleared out at entrance to Blackwoods Campground room for another 5-6 cars, both areas full on this day. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Ice - Blue, Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Snow - Wet/Sticky 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: None 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Trail is clear top to bottom 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: An easy hike for canines up and down met many out. Note for those not so good around motors that the summit is shared with snowmobiles. 
Bugs
Bugs:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: Saturday ended up being the perfect day to visit Cadillac - unfortunately with temps Sunday and later this week it is likely the trail will get a lot softer. But on this day trail was a perfect snowshoe track almost bottom to top. Heading up trail was packed and firm for those with snowshoes - the folks I saw barefooting were postholing with some frequency. The current track was largely true to the trail though it did veer off when approaching the featherbed rejoining when heading up on the other side. There is a stretch for about .3 miles once you ascend the ledge above the featherbed where the trail is largely bare rock with patchy ice where you can remove the snowshoes, back in snow just before the junction with the West Face trail. The track veers onto the auto road for the last quarter of mile rather than following the actual trail - the road is packed down for snowmobiles and skiing. Heading back down the higher temps made the snow a bit sticky - easy for the snowshoers but led to problems for the barebooters. The area is becoming a popular winter destination - saw 40+ on this trail Saturday. Also saw many taking advantage of the deep snow and skiing the various slopes of Cadillac.  
Name
Name: Brian From Maine 
E-Mail
E-Mail: brobert1@maine.rr.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2017-02-19 
Link
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