Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Abraham, Spaulding Mountain, Sugarloaf Mountain, ME
Trails: Mt. Abraham Trail, Abraham Side Trail, Appalachian Trail, Spaulding Side Trail, Sugarloaf Side Trail, ski trails
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, January 14, 2017
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Rapid Stream Road is plowed past the bridges for logging. parking lot is not plowed but we parked at the first turn 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Ice - Blue, Ice - Breakable Crust, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Snow/Ice - Postholes 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction, Traction, Ice Axe 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: All easily hopable 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Some blowdowns, not too bad 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs: Haha 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Sorry for the late report. 1/14 was quite cold -5 or so at the trailhead. The high temps and rain that preceded the cold snap meant a solid and stable crust to walk on. The firewardens trail head been broken and was easy to follow and the track was good until a Moose postholed the crap out of it (and into it) for a short while. The ascent up the slide was hairy in just snowshoes and we SHOULD have put on crampons. Some of us had ice axes which are appropriate for the no fall zone on the slide. It's a steep, icy sucker and I just learned of a friend of a friend that died there from a slip. The AT was not broken or was drifted from Abe to Spaulding but was easy enough to follow. Deep snow meant lots of crouching and fighting with spruce. Some places snow is already 4 feet or more. Descending ski trails was quick and fun  
Name: PamW 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2017-01-22 
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