|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Mt. Zircon, ME|
||Logging road, Mt. Zircon Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Tuesday, February 6, 2018|
|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. |
||Ice - Blue, Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow/Ice - Postholes |
||Snowshoes, Light Traction |
|Water Crossing Notes:
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||Sadly, no dogs. |
|Lost and Found:
||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.
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.