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Peaks Elephant Mountain, ME
Trails
Trails: Herd path, bushwhack
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, October 15, 2017
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Logging road from South Arm to Elephant is in rough condition, with deep ruts, some large rocks, branches and bramble (and paint scraping thorns) growing into the road in places. We doubt we would have made it to the parking area in a low clearance passenger car. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes:  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes:  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs
Bugs:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: From the parking area, continue walking on the dirt road only briefly, then go straightish on the old overgrown logging road that heads uphill. There's a cairn here where the herd trail starts; it's hard to see in all the brush. Don't follow the dirt road as it swings downhill and to the right.

We followed the herd trail part way up the mountain. Then we went generally uphill, through a small bog and a small patch of blowdowns. Some nice hiking on soft, springy moss. We found a herd trail again about 50' from the summit cannister and decided to take this path down to see where it goes. Big mistake. We ended up in a huge field of blowdowns and retreated from impenetrable forest before we used the compass to get back on our original track.

An unexpectedly challenging bushwhack!  
Name
Name: Places We Go 
E-Mail
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Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2017-10-23 
Link
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