Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Champlain Mountain, ME
Trails: Champlain North Ridge Trail, Champlain South Ridge Trail, Bowl Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, September 23, 2017
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Strongly recommend the Island Explorer (operating to October 9), every lot I passed was full with cars lining the loop road from Sand beach to Gorham trailhead. If you ask, the Island Explorer will drop you off at locations that are not official stops, Dropped me right off at the north ridge trail head 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: None of note 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes:  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Per park rules must be leashed, there are a few ledges where the canines may need some help getting up/down 
Bugs: Not bothersome this day 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: A quick traverse of Champlain before heading home; Up the north Ridge trail and down the south ridge past the bowl. Island explorer dropped me off right at the north ridge trail head and I caught the shuttle back to town at Sand Beach. Nice sunny skies and calm winds contrasted with Friday as did the warm temperatures. Both trails offer views out over Bar Harbor and Frechman's bay as well as the islands. You'll spend a good portion of the hike on solid granite. North ridge provides an easy ascent; ran across numerous people heading down and there were 30+ at the summit. The south ridge is a far less travelled route (most people head up the precipice and then down north ridge and most coming the other direction don't venture past the bowl. Only saw 4 people on this stretch between the Champlain summit and the bowl. The trail offers some nice views - there are a few places with some minor scrambling that may pose a challenge to canines. Loop road from Sand Beach to Gorham trailhead was just one big line of parked cars.  
Name: Brian From Maine 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2017-09-24 
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