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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Baldpate Mountain - West Peak, ME
Trails
Trails: Appalachian Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, July 29, 2017
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Large lot on Rte 26 at top of Grafton Notch was full when we arrived at noon with cars lining the road. Fee tube for Maine state park fees. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Mud - Minor/Avoidable 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Easy rock hops 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: 2 instances where bog bridges have deteriorated/broken and need replacement. First is about 1/10 mile above the junction with table rock trail - the 2 bog bridges are broken, one of the bolts is sticking up in the middle of the trail so keep an eye open; 2 others at the water crossing right before the spur to the lean to. There is a loose rock in the rock stairs where the trail head up a steep ledge near the beginning of the relocation (maybe half way up the steep section past the lean to); these are smaller rocks and the loose one is the one at the bottom, if it does dislodge it will take a number of steps with it. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: An easy trail for the canines, lots of water along the way.  
Bugs
Bugs: Out and trying to bite, used deet to keep them at bay. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: A great outing enjoying the trails in Grafton Notch. Many on the trails today but most were headed to table rock though we met about 10 coming or going to the baldplates. Up to table rock junction trail was dry. Past the table rock trail junction there are a few patches of mud that are easily navigated along with the usual mud near the spur to the lean to. Trail has nice easy grades to the lean to but then the climb begins - 1100 feet in .8 miles (reminds me a bit of the climb up south twin from galehead hut). The relocation put in several years ago makes even this steep part an easy ascent as you switchback up with only a few really steep sections. A few spots of wet rock in this stretch heading up but otherwise dry. Excellent views just past the summit. Had the company of a couple of gray jays. Late start meant no time to head to East baldplate this trip but we'll be back!  
Name
Name: Brian From Maine 
E-Mail
E-Mail: brobert1@maine.rr.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2017-07-30 
Link
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