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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: Safford Brook Pond, Appalachian Trail, Safford Tentsite spur, Old Man's Head spur
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, June 24, 2018
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Easy parking about 2-3 miles in on the dirt road. space for about 8 cars, however, this is also close to the round barn campsite, so weekend use may surge.  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Mud - Minor/Avoidable 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: All were light & easy. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: One large blowdown very early on into the trail, which could be addressed quite easily due to the distance in. The entry to the trail was a bit overgrown too.  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Only saw 1, a thru-hiking dog headed south. Didn't get her trail name. 
Bugs
Bugs: Yup. If you had exposed skin, it was targeted. I was mostly completely covered. The bugs backed off around 3,200' up.  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: nada. 
 
Comments
Comments: What an amazing ridge, the Bigelows are! This is wild though - beware & be safe. Ran across a coyote 30' into the trail, and saw some minor signs of bear activity (not recent). The 2 mile approach to the Safford Brook Pond Tentsite was very gradual and appreciated with a heavy pack. I do think the trail was re-routed a bit, as the map didn't line up with the intersection point with Old Man's Head. I thought I would have hit that and then made my way down to the camp. However, Old Man's Head was about an hour's climb from the camp instead. Oh well, beautiful ridge, nice campsite; lots of Southbounders making their way down. This marks #76,77,78 on my NEHH list. Wish I could spend more time overlooking Flagstaff Lake! Gorgeous views all around from the two 4,000'ers.  
Name
Name: celo626 
E-Mail
E-Mail: celo626@comcast.net 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2018-06-25 
Link
Link: http:// 
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