|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Mt. Success, Mt. Carlo, Goose Eye Mountain, ME|
||Success Trail, Outlook Spur, Mahoosuc Trail, Goose Eye Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Saturday, July 7, 2018|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Success Pond Road was passable at slow speeds with my Hyundai Elantra up to about a half mile below the Speck Pond Trailhead. On that stretch after the fork there are two washouts: a minor one I was able to pass through and then another larger one I decided not to press my luck with. Meanwhile at the Success Trailhead, the immediate entrance off of Success Pond Road is washed out and blocked by a large stone. Washouts are also present beyond this point to the clearing. There is room for maybe 4 vehicles off of Success Pond Road in front of the rock. To give you an idea: it took me an hour to drive (almost) to Speck Pond Trailhead (where I ditched a mountain bike in the woods) then back to Success Trailhead to start my hike - roughly 18 miles total. |
||Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Mud - Significant |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||No significant crossings on this route. |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||There is a fallen tree on the N portion of the Outlook spur which completely blocks the trail - herd paths are developing around it. The is another gnarly fallen tree just on the ME side of the state line sign on Mahoosuc Trail which can be climbed through. Signs are present at all junctions and trails are blazed well enough. |
||Didn't see a one. |
||Hardly any! |
|Lost and Found:
||Day one of an overnight hike...|
There was some wetness here and there on the trails which made things a little slick at times but nothing major. Some bits of mud around also but again nothing significant - unless you misstep off a bog bridge :) The 'helpers' (iron rungs, ladders, etc.) are in good shape.
This was a pretty sweet trek to some wonderful peaks. Mt. Success is well deserving of being on the 'view' list but the star attraction here is Goose Eye Mountain with awesome views from the top. Even the walk to East Peak and then north of that was very enjoyable - lots of open space to look around and take in Ma Nature's majesty.
I spent the night @ Full Goose Campsite where there were spaces to be had both in the shelter and on the platforms - I set my tent up to one side of a platform out of courtesy but ended up having it to myself. I think everyone else there were ATers in some form: NOBOs, SOBOs, flip-floppers and section hikers. Lots of stars visible in the clear night sky :)
Other than those folks at the campsite (maybe a dozen or so total) I only saw two other SOBOs and six others on top of Goose Eye all day. It's hard to imagine so few people in such a beautiful area on a nice summer Saturday.
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.