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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Mt. Katahdin - Baxter Peak, Mt. Katahdin - Hamlin Peak, ME
Trails
Trails: Snowmobile trail, Tote Road, Abol Slide, Appalachian Trail, Saddle Trail, Northwest Basin Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Monday, March 26, 2018
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Plenty at the Bridge 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Unpacked Powder 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Traction, Skis 
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: Good ski into Abol. Got passed by our snowmobile, backcountry ski buddies from the previous day on the way in. We bare booted to the split for trail vs abol slide. A group had taken the slide but stayed with the current trail and snowshoed up to~ 1/2 mile up from the tree line. There we switched to crampons. You could bare boot the area but I liked the extra traction. The group ahead of us from Acadia Mountain Group had a 2 hour head start but we caught them at the summit. Thanks for the trail breaking guys. From there we put on snowshoes and headed over to Hamlin. Groups with out snowshoes had turned around in the area where the trees catch the snow in the col. Wayne powered up to Hamlin when I ran out of gas about 1/2 way up but after the previous day we were both grunting and groaning all day. We mentally prepared a route across the table lands back to Thoreau staying above the area where you would fall into spruce traps and coming out right at the sign. Trip down was not to bad a little slick snow with the sun heating things up. We graded out the tracks and post holes all the way back to Abol TH and had a fast ski (45 minutes) out.  
Name
Name: Little Brown Mushroom 
E-Mail
E-Mail: camosteve955@yahoo.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2018-03-27 
Link
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