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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Bigelow Mountain - Avery Peak, Bigelow Mountain - West Peak, Bigelow Mountain - South Horn, ME
Trails
Trails: Firewarden's Trail, Appalachian Trail, Horns Pond Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, May 27, 2018
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Stratton Brook Pond Road off route 27 is open and recently graded. A new culvert is in place to drain water from the wetlands. The road is narrow. Most people parked at the area near the first information board. The road continues further to a point just before the Stratton Pond Outlet stream but it has ruts and rocks that would be safely passable to only high clearance vehicles. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Standing/Running Water on Trail 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Water crossings were easy. The Stratton Pond outlet stream is spanned by a bridge 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Trails in good condition. Many downed trees have been cleared off the trails. There were some small trees across the AT that were easy step overs. Nice rock stairs provided good footing and erosion control in the steeper sections of the trail. There is a one log bridge on the Horns Pond Trail which spans a small brook at a greater than normal height. There probably should be a two log bridge for a safer crossing especially if the log surface is wet. One can skip the bridge and cross the brook on rocks. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Saw a couple of dogs. 
Bugs
Bugs: Almost none until I was nearing the end of the hike around 5;00PM. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: The Bigelow Mountain hike is one of the nicest in Maine. There are great views of lakes (especially Flagstaff Lake) and the high peaks of northwestern Maine. The MATC does a great job in maintaining the trails. Saw Painted Trillium, Red Trillium, Hobblebush, violets, blue bead lilies, and star flower. The shelter in the col between Avery Peak and West Peak had a lock on the door. Saw many hikers on the trail today. Enjoyed lakeside dining at Horns Pond.  
Name
Name: WAUMBEK 
E-Mail
E-Mail: WAUMBEK at Roadrunner dot com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2018-05-27 
Link
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