Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Zircon, ME
Trails: Logging road, Mt. Zircon Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Tuesday, February 6, 2018
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: There is enough room for 2 or 3 cars in the pull off at the start of the logging road. They do plow that area. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Ice - Blue, Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow/Ice - Postholes 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: None 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: None 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Sadly, no dogs. 
Bugs: None 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: This trail doesn't receive much traffic in winter at all and they are not actively logging at this time. The logging road has some areas where it is well packed and spikes would be fine but I stayed in snowshoes as to not posthole through.

The Zircon trail has deep fresh powder, especially at higher elevations. There is a good base of snow underneath so the traction on my snowshoes was excellent. Once I was above treeline, the snow was very deep and unconsolidated. I kicked in some steps but there was one area that I had trouble getting my crampons to purchase and relied on some friendly trees for assistance both up and down. If you come upon an area that looks like a beached whale was wallowing, that's it. I left a nice trail but with the incoming snow, it will be gone by Thursday and will need to be re-broken.  
Name: Frankenfoot 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2018-02-06 
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