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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Long Mountain (view ledge), ME
Trails
Trails: Long Mountain Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, October 7, 2017
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Parking is off Vernon street (follow from downtown Bethel or coming from south turn right onto Vernon street off Rte 35 - trailhead is marked by sign (Long Mtn Trail) - parking is in old logging yard room for 10+ cars. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: All crossings have nicely constructed bridges 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes:  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Easy canine hike 
Bugs
Bugs: None this day 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: Saw the trailhead sign coming home from a hike in Grafton notch several weeks age so I thought I'd investigate. Long Mountain is near Bethel (looks like Greenwood). This is a brand new trail (not quite complete yet!) cut by the landowners up to a great view ledge, about 5 miles round trip. On my hike I met the landowners who were out checking progress on the trail, They own a LOT of land in the area and have put in a number of trails on their land, this being the latest. Very nice folks doing their best to conserve land in this part of Maine. From parking go ahead into an opening about 20 yards - a sign indicates the beginning of the trail to the left (there are a number of roads that are being converted to mountain bike trails here as well). The lower half has been completed, the path is obvious and is marked by arrows pointing the way. A few minutes in they have put is an impressive stretch of bog bridges to get over a damp area - altogether 100+ yards in length. There is a small set of falls at 1.25 miles. Just above this there is a stretch of 1/4 mile that has not yet been cut but is flagged and easy to follow - Above a road the upper part of the trail begins - it is cut and the trail is easy to follow but is not blazed, there are a few cairns that guide you along the way. Trail does not go to the summit but rather to a nice view ledge - the landowner said you can see 23 peaks from the ledge. Kudos to those cutting the trail - nice easy grades the entire way with some great rock work. For those in the area, I highly recommend the trail and sign the register to let the owners know what you think.  
Name
Name: Brian From Maine 
E-Mail
E-Mail: brobert1@maine.rr.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2017-10-08 
Link
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