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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Baldpate Mountain - West Peak, Baldpate Mountain - East Peak, ME
Trails
Trails: Appalachian Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Thursday, July 19, 2018
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Plenty of room at the hikers' lot off ME 26 in Grafton Notch State Park. Be careful when crossing route 26, since sight distances are limited in either direction and vehicle speeds are often high. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: All easily rock hopped. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Excellent rock/stone work done on the steep upper section of the AT, between the Baldpate lean-to and the summit of West Peak. The AT from ME route 26 to the lean-to was in great shape as well. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Some water that day, but this hike looks like it can get bone dry at times, so bring water for any dogs you plan to take. 
Bugs
Bugs: Some big bugs on both the summit and the top of the western peak. Definitely some bees here and there, but possibly horseflies as well. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: Spur of the moment hike up Baldpate Mountain from ME route 26. Easy to moderate grades the whole way, and the footing was overall very good for this area. Lots of rock steps on the trail between the lean-to and the summit of West Peak, with some switchbacks as well. Good views from the west peak, and even better views from the main peak, particularly on the open ledges leading to it.

This was #36 on the New England 50 Finest and #76 on the New England 100 Highest for me.  
Name
Name: Spencer 
E-Mail
E-Mail:  
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2018-07-20 
Link
Link: http:// 
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