|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||South Crocker Mountain, Crocker Mountain, Mt. Redington (attempt), ME|
||Logging road, Appalachian Trail, bushwhack|
|Date of Hike:
||Tuesday, July 4, 2017|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||The parking area is a small dirt lot with room for about 10 cars. No bathroom facilities. There is very good cell reception in the lot. |
||Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Mud - Significant |
|Water Crossing Notes:
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||No issues on the trail. |
||Looks like an easy trail for dogs. Saw two happy ones on the way down. |
||None bothering me. |
|Lost and Found:
||Caribou Pond Road is in great shape until bridge number three. The third bridge is a little sketchy. I got out of my car and stared at it for a while before deciding to cross over it. After the third bridge, Caribou Pond Road is in rough shape. It is rutted and there is one large, deep pothole on the right hand side. Keep an eye out for it as you continue down the road. I’ve been on much worse roads and (unless you fall into that pothole) you shouldn’t have any problem driving to the parking area.|
There is very good cell reception in the lot and on the trails. If you have Verizon, you will have no problem contacting anyone in case of emergency.
To get to the trailhead, walk past the gate and follow the logging road for about a ½ mile. The trailhead is marked with a small cairn partially overgrown on the righthand side. The coordinates, for the trailhead, are N45 02.374 W070 20.677. The first mile of this hike is relatively flat. After reaching the tent-site, the incline starts and the trail becomes moderately steep. For a short time the trail opens up onto a nice rocky area with great views but quickly moves back under tree cover. The summit of South Crocker is underwhelming, just a sign in the middle of the woods. The connecting trail between the two Crocker mountains is relatively easy. You descend approximately 300 feet of elevation and then ascend approximately 500 feet of elevation to reach North Crocker.
I was worried about the weather so I turned back 1/2 way into the Redington bushwhack. I don't think it is a difficult trek to Redington, but it is easy to get turned around. I missed a turn back into the woods and was lost for about 20 minutes. I have photos showing where to turn back into the woods in my blog.
Nine mountains left to complete my NE67.
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.