|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Snow Mountain (Cupsuptic), ME|
||Logging roads, bushwhack|
|Date of Hike:
||Sunday, July 15, 2018|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Wiggle Brook Rd is washed out 1.6 miles east of the usual logging road trailhead. Recent washout, impassible. A 6' culvert has been washed away, 20'+ gap in the road. There is an additional washout about .4 to the west. I parked at the washout which adds a 1.6 mile road walk and +~350' of elevation to get to the left turn to the logging road. |
||Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Standing/Running Water on Trail |
|Water Crossing Notes:
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
|Lost and Found:
||What I thought would be a quick up and back to bag Cupsuptic Snow turned into much more due to the additional road walk and then challenging bushwhacking further up the mountain. Stats from where I parked at the washout on Wiggle Brook Rd... 7.6 miles, 3:07.|
Deets... Nothing to the road walk. You'll find one more washout about 4/10 of a mile after the one you cross when you park. WB Rd goes mostly up with a few flat or slightly downhill sections. Left turn on the logging road. When the logging road starts to turn grassy it's very wet. Had poured rain with thunder & lighting that morning, maybe it's not usually that soupy? A few hundred yards through the muck. Easy to find the big log arrow on the ground straight ahead at the first open area you come to, which leads to a herd path on the left side of the brook. Eventually that devolved into scrub which I bulled through to another more open area. Previous trip reports say go to the right side of that open area and look for an established herd path, but I didn't find much in that area. Ended up with a mix of semi-open woods with a few thicker areas. Slow going up to about 1/3 of a mile from the top where I found a well defined path and a few cairns.
Coming down, much easier to stay on the herd path to a much lower elevation, but I still lost it. Said the heck with it and just waded down the brook for a bit to stay out of the chest deep brush. Eventually that got back to what was familiar, then the open field, then the logging road, then the road walk back to my truck.
||Joe Connelly |
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.