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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Mt. Abraham, Spaulding Mountain, Sugarloaf Mountain, ME
Trails
Trails: Fire Warden's Trail, Mt. Abraham Side Trail, Appalachian Trail, Spaulding Side Trail, Sugarloaf Side Trail, ski trails
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Thursday, July 20, 2017
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: We were able to park at the Fire Warden's trailhead. This is an intersection with no parking lot. We had two cars and they were the only vehicles there and at the end of the day when we came back to pick them up. We were able to park without blocking the intersection. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Water crossings were easy to cross 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: There were some step overs on the Fire Warden's & Mt Abraham Side Trail and a difficult crawl under on Mt Abraham Side Trail. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: We didn't see any dogs, but they shouldn't have any problems with this traverse other than maybe the distance. 
Bugs
Bugs: Bugs were out and deet was in order. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: None 
 
Comments
Comments: This was a traverse hike. We left cars at the Sugarloaf Ski Area base lodge and drove down to the Fire Warden's Trailhead for Mt. Abraham. I last did this hike in 2014. The Rapid Stream Road is in better condition than in 2014 because it is being maintained by the logging companies. They also replaced the two bridges crossing the river just before you get to the trailhead. After crossing the two bridges turn right and it takes you right to the trailhead. Most cars should be able to get to the trailhead if you are careful. The tower on Mt Abraham has fallen down. There is no trail sign on the summit anymore. From the summit follow the cairns in a northwest direction to continue on the Mt Abraham Side Trail. We were on a group hike. We chose to hike down the Sugarloaf Ski Area at the end of the day. It was a tough downhill decent. We probably should have left cars at the Caribou Valley Road gate and hike out that way. We had great weather and great views.  
Name
Name: Brian Tausendfreund 
E-Mail
E-Mail: btausend1@gmail.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2017-07-28 
Link
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