Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Red Rock Mountain, Butters Mountain, Durgin Mountain, Speckled Mountain, ME
Trails: Miles Notch Trail, Red Rock Trail, Bickford Brook Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Plenty of parking at Brickett Place (fee) on 113, and the same across from the Miles Notch Trail on Hut Road, grassy pullout for 4 or so cars (beware the ticks in the tall grass). 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Mud - Significant, Leaves - Significant/Slippery 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: All crossings were easy rock hops, water levels fairly low. The spring shown on maps below the summit of Speckled is apparently not too reliable, as it was basically dry, even with the rain recently.  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Miles Notch doesn't seem to see much use, or maintenance, as there were many old (sometimes large) stepovers, and a lot of leaners in the trail. Corridor is a bit brushy, mostly up toward the height of land, and is sometimes indistinct lower down. Red Rock in good shape overall, but has some old stepovers to deal with, looks to have seen some recent tree removal. Bickford Brook was in great shape. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs: Fairly annoying on Miles Notch, with black flies, mosquitoes, and horseflies all making an appearance. On the ridge, with the breezes, things were much better.  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Paid a quick visit to the not often visited east ridge of Speckled Mountain, enjoying a run on a gorgeous day. Miles Notch was a tough customer, shooting up 500', only to drop 400', then a long sometimes steep climb to the notch, through really beautiful woods. Not sure that this trail has been traveled this year, as the corridor had deep compressed (yet undisturbed) leaf cover, which our tracks were very clearly evident in. Red Rock was amazing as always, serving up some steep climbs and descents, and one of the best viewpoints in the Whites. Saw our first people on Speckled, then cruised down Bickford Brook passing a solo hiker near the bottom. A really great route to get on some tough trails and make time, always good running with Nate.  
Name: Bill Robichaud 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2017-06-22 
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