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Peaks Speckled Mountain, ME
Trails
Trails: Bickford Brook Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, March 31, 2018
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Road is still gated so you'll need to park alongside Rte 113 and walk the few tenth of a mile to Brickett place and the trailhead 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Snow - Drifts, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Snow - Wet/Sticky 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: All easy rock hops but many had high (2-3+ feet) snow banks we needed to get down to cross the actual stream bed. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: One small walkunder about .2 mile in from the trail head which will eventually drop and get in the way, one large blowdown before the wilderness boundary you'll need to straddle, another large blowdown about 2.5 miles in with a herd path to get around.  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Generally an easy canine hike though deep soft snow up top may slow them down a bit. 
Bugs
Bugs:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: A tale of 2 trails. Starting out trail is clear with only a few patches of snow but with some water and mud - boots are fine. The snow started just below the upper bickford slides trail junction 1.1 miles in. Shallow at first with bare spots intermixed but it got progressively deeper. Wet and sticky and from about 2 miles in are snowshoes needed to avoid serious post-holing. Once on the backside of Ames a mix of patches of wet sticky snow and hard packed powder depending on sun exposure. In the stretch from the spruce hill junction to the blueberry ridge junction the trail was buried under drifts which for significant stretches turned the nice flat road into a sloped sidehill where one would not want to slip. There are now a nice set of steps to get across these sections. Past the blueberry ridge junction, back to wet and sticky snow heading up to the summit. Other than us 2, saw three on the trail today. 2 others with snowshoes and one without who ended up turning around about 2.5 miles in due to postholing several feet deep with every step; Prior to this not much evidence that anyone had been up recently. The snowshoe traffic smoothed things out a bit but there are still some quite deep holes. While the warm temps will continue to melt the snow the upper parts of this trail will require snowshoes for a while. Great views from the summit today. For those who haven't taken the opportunity this is a great peak to visit in winter/early spring.  
Name
Name: Brian from Maine 
E-Mail
E-Mail: Brobert1@maine.rr.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2018-04-01 
Link
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