Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Champlain Mountain, Gorham Mountain, ME
Trails: Champlain North Ridge Trail, Champlain South Ridge Trail, Bowl Trail, Gorham Mountain Trail, Otter Cove Trail, Quarry Trail, road walk
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Friday, November 24, 2017
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Loop road was open - no fees collected this time a year. Need car spot or a cab ride for this route - cost us $12 for the cab. Parked at Cadillac South Ridge trailhead along Rte 3 across from Blackwoods campground - lots of room; parking for Champlain north ridge just up from the trailhead - room for 5 cars or so. NOTE: with closing of park loop road in December, one will need to park at Sieur de Monts and walk a mile up the loop road to access Champlain north ridge trail 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Ice - Blue, Wet/Slippery Rock, Mud - Minor/Avoidable 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: None of note on this route 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Trails all clear in great condition for the winter 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: An easy route for the canines with a one spot on Champlain south ridge where they will need help getting down - drops down about 8 feet. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Took a long ridge walk along the coast and then checked out the new paths set up to connect Blackwoods campground to trails along the coast - six miles altogether. Patches of ice heading up Champlain north ridge this day with one spot that required getting off trail to avoid a ledge completely covered by ice. With more ice, traction will be a must as there are some ledges that when they get ice you could really build up some speed if you slipped. Sun had melted most of the ice on the Champlain south ridge heading down, a few easily avoided spots. A few steep pitches to negotiate but easily done this day. From the Bowl over to Gorham some minor mud and wet rock. Past the Gorham summit and heading down a few spots of wet and slick rock and one stretch with running water. Instead of heading back to the loop road we took the otter cove trail which connects to and follows the loop road briefly at Otter cove; at the far end of the bridge it heads up the hill to a junction with the quarry path where we turned left to get to BLackwoods campground. Both are nice graded paths that are a great addition connecting Blackwoods to the ocean path and trails accessing Gorham and Champlain mountains. Walked the campground access road back to our car along Rte 3. A great sunny day to be out. Great views as always- ran across many folks but certainly less than in summer. A great time to Visit Acadia.  
Name: Brian From Maine 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2017-11-27 
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