|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Elephant Mountain, ME|
||Herd path, bushwhack|
|Date of Hike:
||Sunday, October 15, 2017|
|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. |
||Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable |
|Water Crossing Notes:
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
|Lost and Found:
||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!
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Disclaimer: Reports are not verified - conditions may vary. Use at own risk. Always be prepared when hiking. Observe all signs. Trail conditions reports are not substitutes for weather reports or common sense.