|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||North Brother, ME|
||Snowmobile trails, Tote Road, Marston Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Saturday, April 1, 2017|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Golden Road and Telos Road are rough. Most sections are okay but there are many sections with very bad pot-holes. It took me well over an hour to drive from the entrance to Golden Road to Williams Pond Road. |
||Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular |
||Snowshoes, Skis |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||Open water in a couple but easy to deal with. |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||A few blowdowns but nothing too severe (removed one that was a particular nuisance). Lots of leaners / bendovers. |
|Lost and Found:
||Entered the park via Williams Pond Road (this route not encouraged by the park office but it is not prohibited either). Parking for a few cars is possible without interfering with road traffic or snow-mobile traffic. The first 2.5 miles (until the main snow-mobile corridor makes a turn to the right) has many bare spots. I was just able to ski and pull sled by staying at the edge of the road. After that the snow-coverage is solid. Camped at Slide Dam. |
Marston Trail is well consolidated and I was further helped by a couple of hikers who packed it down further during an overnight hike and it also helped me with route finding. After the Pond the snow cover is some 4-5'. Walking in the canopy and finding the corridor is tedious and difficult.
I got the impression from the park office that trails will be kept open for a bit longer this season due to the heavy snow-coverage but I recommend checking with the office before heading up there.
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.