|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Little Baldpate Mountain (attempt), East Baldpate Mountain (attempt), ME|
||Frye Brook Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Saturday, March 24, 2018|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Plowed parking for three vehicles about 0.1 miles from the trailhead, across the street, on East B Hill Road. East B Hill Road is in good shape from Andover; from Route 26 it's a bit rutty and sloppy. |
||Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow - Spring Snow |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||Crossings were not an issue -- they're either snowbridged or, if not, can be crossed with care (deep snow on either side) |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||A couple of small blowdowns -- easily walked around. Nothing of concern. |
|Lost and Found:
||For a trail that was more or less abandoned not too long ago, the Frye Brook Trail is in decent shape now -- well-blazed and also with (somewhat) new signage at the intersection with the AT, on the ridge that heads toward Little Baldpate and then on to East Baldpate.|
We took this less-often-used route for the solitude and the fresh snow. We got plenty of the latter.
Our goal was East Baldpate, and certainly Little Baldpate, but with 2-3 feet of unbroken snow on the trail, we reached only the end of the Frye Brook Trail at our turn-around time and called it a day. At the intersection, this section of the AT is unbroken both ways -- three feet of fine powder, including the 0.4 miles up to Little Baldpate.
Frye Brook Trail is reasonably packed near The Cataracts, but beyond that, it's only broken and not consolidated.
Beautiful landscape -- plenty of moose activity, especially at the higher elevations.
||Pancks and Tesco Heaney |
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.