|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Mt. Katahdin - Hamlin Peak, ME|
||Chimney Pond Trail, North Basin Trail, Hamlin Ridge Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Thursday, January 25, 2018|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Golden Road very icy - but drivable with caution. The parking area @ Abol Bridge is pure ice - need traction as soon as you get out of the car - and so is the short trek to the TH. |
||Ice - Blue, Ice - Breakable Crust, Snow - Unpacked Powder |
||Snowshoes, Traction, Ice Axe |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||No issues anywhere. |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||A couple of smaller blowdowns on the lower section of the Hamlin Ridge tr. |
|Lost and Found:
||Skied/walked in to Roaring Brook the day before the hike and out again the day after. |
The 1/23 storm produced about 8" of snow in the area followed by heavy rain which consolidated it down to 4" with 1/2" crust on top. Snow-mobile traffic has broken it up all the way to Chimney Pond (via Abol Stream and the Tote Road pass the Togue Pond Gatehouse). Good conditions for pulling sleds and it is perfectly walkable without any traction. Difficult to ski - crunchy surface - downhill sections very fast.
North Basin tr. and Hamlin Ridge tr. to tree-line got broken out by a group of 5 ahead of me. They turned around at tree-line - planning to go for the summit the next day. So, that section should have seen a far amount of travel by now but I was the only one using snowshoes. I left my snowshoes at tree-line and switched to Hillsounds. It is boney and icy above tree-line. Very hard ice. Spikes insufficient - be sure to bring crampons. Hillsounds were okay with caution. The first couple of hundred yards above tree-line are the most difficult and potentially most dangerous. I did not use my axe but it is worth bringing just for that section.
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.