|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Bigelow Mountain - Avery Peak, Bigelow Mountain - West Peak, ME|
||Stratton Brook Pond Road, Fire Warden's Trail, Appalachian Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Wednesday, December 27, 2017|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Parked about 1/10 of a mile down Stratton Bk Pond Rd without issues. |
||Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow - Drifts |
||Snowshoes, Light Traction |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||Easy to cross |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||A few blowdowns near the Col, but no issue to cross |
|Lost and Found:
||We used snowshoes the entire day and had to walk in from the beginning of Stratton Bk Pond Rd. Fire Wardens Tr was easy to follow and broken by someone just ahead of us. The steep section towards the Col started to get slick after a few passes of snowshoes and might require some additional traction in the coming days. |
Above the Col we encountered pretty high winds and snow drifts up waist deep. On top of Avery it was mostly hardened snow/ice, which was manageable with snowshoes. We ended up breaking trail up the West Peak, which had substantial snow drifts around 4 ft. Although it was a tough day, the views were clear and well worth the effort.
Total milage was 13.75 and took us 8 hrs, including the hike down Stratton Bk Pond Rd.
||Drew Jett |
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.