|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Mt. Everett, MA|
||Race Brook Falls Trail, Appalachian Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Friday, January 1, 2021|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Perhaps a dozen cars can fit in the narrow lot along Rte. 41. It was nearly full when we arrived around 1030 |
||Dry Trail, Ice - Black, Wet Trail, Ice - Blue, Wet/Slippery Rock, Ice - Breakable Crust, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Leaves - Significant/Slippery |
||Light Traction |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||Two significant crossings. They are rock hoppable, but it's difficult to tell which rocks have ice on them. Beware! The second, higher one is a bit more challenging. |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||Trails are in good shape, altho the AT is nowhere near the recommended width of four feet in many places. (Is that still the standard width?)
There was one spot near the junction with RBFT that was not well marked. At a fire ring, turn left (NB). We went straight, until my wife alertly noted some faint BLUE blazes (AT is white).We turned around and resumed following the occasional white blazes.
On Race Brook Falls Trail, there is a set of wooden steps with protruding bolts (est. almost 3 inches of protrusion). A few have been bent over, but not all. |
||Saw a few. There was a lot of ice on the AT, but pups willing to "bushwhack" would probably be OK. "Race Brook Falls" means ample COLD water. |
|Lost and Found:
||A pair of stabilicers, quickly recovered by the friendly hiker who'd just passed me. ||
||A great day for a hike...temps around freezing, no wind. With more sunlight, the icy plants along the AT near Everett's summit would've been spectacular. There is a sign giving the dates of the old fire tower, 1915-2002.|
The wood steps were slippery, on and especially around the wood. We used microspikes on most of the AT section.
Traction seems essential here, altho there seemed to be some folks bare booting, or using stabilicers.
||Darrell Hart |
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.